If You Could Spend One Afternoon With The Historical Figure Of Your Choice, Who Would It Be And Why?

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Anne Boleyn.  I'd like to attempt to knock some sense into her head before she lost it.    But seriously, from all accounts she was intriguing and intelligent.  Some of what has been written about her includes:  "Anne's charm lay not so much in her physical appearance as in her vivacious personality, her gracefulness, her quick wit, and other accomplishments. She was petite in stature, and had an appealing fragility about her… she shone at singing, making music, dancing and conversation… Not surprisingly, the young men of the court swarmed around her."  AND  she also gave generously to charity and sewed shirts for the poor. In her youth she was said to be "sweet and cheerful" and enjoyed gambling, drinking wine, and gossiping. (I'd have to ask her about the gossiping thing).  Maybe we could split a bottle of Annie Green Springs Apple Delight and talk).  She was also brave and emotional.    She was a woman in her own right – said to have  "taken on her own terms in a man's world; a woman who mobilized her education, her style and her presence to outweigh the disadvantages of her sex; of only moderate good looks, but taking a court and a king by storm."    She was intelligent, spirited and full of courage.    But her hubby was a major pompous, self indulgent, power-drunk, egotistical jerk - What was she thinking??  The others had already lost their heads, after all. [correction... Other heads were yet to roll]. I would like to ask her about her decision making skills...  Oh,  And I would like to go with her to have tea and dance sacreligiously on the grave of Thomas Cromwell to the tune of White Wedding.  He was also a jerk.
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Robyn Rothman
Robyn Rothman commented
My kind of women, except for one thing...
Anonymous
Anonymous commented
Instead of knocking some sense into Queen Anne, why not go after Henry and just knock him off! No one will miss him, I'm sure.
Yes, I've seen that excellent PBS show (documentary?). Has it been 3 years already? I thought it was only yesterday.
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Oh sh*t. Was that just yesterday? Doggoned addictions.
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ONE afternoon only? May I have a thousand, please? My list is so long.... Ah, well.  At this point in my life, I would like to learn from people with profound insight, who could explain things to me that I cannot learn elsewhere.  I'll choose Laozi of China who wrote the Tao Te Ching that gave rise to the philosophy of Taoism. Or Buddha (if there was one entity to speak with).  If they're not home, perhaps the architect of the Great Pyramid, if we could decide on who that was. That would blow my mind.  Failing that, perhaps Sir Issac Newton, Descartes, Mozart, Michelangelo…to see what made them tick.  Unfortunately, none of them would probably speak in a way I could understand.  So I'll be happy just to sit and listen to Chopin play a few of his pieces. It would be an afternoon well spent.
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Robyn Rothman
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Now, now. What would Laozi and Bhudda say?:)
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I'm not sure I heard correctly, but I think they both said, "My child, you must learn to resist temptations."
Or was it, "you should beat up the one who imposed such unreasonable limits"?
Robyn Rothman
Robyn Rothman commented
Ooops! Maybe I shouldn't have asled. Lol!
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Pamela Krueger answered
I would like to spend the day with Elvis, maybe just to hear some his cool songs again and again and again. I grew up with his music, remember when he died (or maybe he didn't really die??), and he will always have a special place in my heart...
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suman kumar answered
I would like to go back, when Mother Theresa was alive and would have spent an afternoon with her by helping the poor & needy I mean in charity. Because I admire her a lot
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Walt Disney. The man who invented 'theme park', and constantly pushed animation, television, and integration of media, always looking to create something new and innovative. His imagination was astounding and has led the creation some of the most amazing places in the world. (Disneyland in CA, Paris, Tokyo, Walt Disney World)

Not to mention his inner child thrived in everything he did... And now it brings joy to millions of kids every day.
(Just listen to the crowd when they see Tink fly at the beginning of 'Wishes' and you will know what I mean, or seeing the looks on their faces when they first see their favorite Princesses)
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Terri Lingle answered
JESUS! You ask why because he was God in the flesh and a great teacher of lifeand how we were suppose to live.It would be amazing to have traveled with him and listen .Plus Then I would of also new all the disiples too.Iwould have wanted to walk with him up to his crusifiction  maybe even helped him when they all were kicking him down I could of helped him get back up.And another reason is because I love him!!!!!
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J H answered
I'd echo Terrilene that my choice would be Jesus. No one else... Neither Mohammed (pbuh), Siddhartha Gautama, or any other non-cultic religious leader has claimed to BE God.

The Roman Emperors and many Eastern Kings have claimed to be god, but what they mean by 'god' is different. Their 'god' is neither perfect or entirely good.

What possessed Christ to say this? Either he was insane, or he is who he says he is.

Christians may be incredibly annoying at times, but Christ is who a 'true' Christian is trying to be like. I've met Christians who are like his shadow, doing their best to imitate him. I'd like to meet the Light of the World that makes that shadow.
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Just read somewhere in Blurtit that Jesus was the only Christian in history, all the others are the followers of Christ. Does it make sense, or is this only splitting hair?
J H
J H commented
As far as I know, "Christian" merely means 'follower of Christ'. I think it's true that he is the only one that follows himself perfectly ;)

I think they're trying to say that no one ever lives up to the fullness of Christ, which is true. We can all, though, put our trust in God and allow the Spirit to work in us.
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Maria E Shetler answered
Francis Albert Sinatra!! I love him, I grew up with his songs, and when I was 10 years, I used to say to everybody that he was my boyfriend.
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Joseph Stilwell. His leadership style emphasized concern for the average soldier and minimized ceremonies and officious discipline - earned him the nickname of "Uncle Joe."
Stilwell admitted to his daughter that he picked up criminal instincts due to,"...being forced to go to Church and Sunday School, and seeing how little real good religion does anybody, I advise passing them all up and using common sense instead."
Stilwell personally led the American forces out of Burma on foot. This courageous walkout from Burma and his bluntly honest assessment of the disaster (he called it "a hell of a beating") captured the imagination of the American public.
In her book Stilwell and the American Experience in China, Barbara Tuchman wrote that Stilwell was sacrificed as a political expedient due to his inability to get along with his allies in the theater. Stilwell's removal was certainly a result of substantial political pressure by Chiang through diplomatic means and using influential American friends who supported Chiang's government -and who were prodding Roosevelt to engage in a Vietnam-style war in China.
Stilwell led more men and engaged in more battles than any other WWII general, yet he shun the limelight, reason why we don't see him parading around in sunglasses long after the enemy has been vanquished from the scene. Instead he was crawling in the battle field with his men, in pursuit of military objectives, not self-glory like McArthur in Manila.
See: en.wikipedia.org
OR better yet, check out Stilwell and the American Experience in China, by Historian Barbara Tuchman.
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maribel abendan answered
I also would like to meet Jesus but he wont serve my purpose... *grin*
I think id settle on Shakespeare....because its for only one afternoon I wouldn't be able to ask him about everything...I'll probably just charm him as he would do to me with his poetry...then probably try to make some advances for me to be able to carry his descendant before the the given time lapses...huh..before I do this...please do remind me to check with my o.b. For fertility rate.... *laugh*
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Jessica answered
This may seem weird but...I would like to talk to Hitler. I think it would be really interesting to meet someone who I was taught as evil and insane. I just want to have the chance to get to know what went on in his head and compare it to his portrayal in history nowadays
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Robyn Rothman
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Did you know he was a drug addict? His personal physician got him hooked. He also wasn't his own idea of the master race. He was insane alright. Syphillus can do that to humans, although I'm not sure he was human. He certainly wasn't humane!
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Hilaria Manalo answered
Reagan and Sr. Bush. I think they are fun and very smart people. They are so fatherly and both good looking. Sorry, I'm just number one fan of these two.
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rami agha
rami agha commented
if sr. bush was so smart then how on earth could he father jr. bush
Diane Bart
Diane Bart commented
Good one rami-a . Cheers to you !!!!!!!!
Alison Baillie
Alison Baillie commented
Time for a check-up with your optician, je crois...;o)
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Alva Lipscomb answered
Martin Luther King, Jr. He has been an inspiration for so many of us. He had strong humanitarian beliefs. If only he were here to continue with his efforts. He had a positive impact on so many of our lives.
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Christina Madera
Christina Madera commented
There are many for me. Abby Hoffmann, Mother Theresa, J. Robert Oppenheimer and author Primo Levi just to name a few. WOW-what a day THAT would be for me....
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rami agha answered
I'd actually meet important scientists like pasteur and Darwin and I would watch them disiphre the secrets of life
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Robyn Rothman
Robyn Rothman commented
Do me a favor. Don't tell Darwin that humans haven't evolved much.
Alison Baillie
Alison Baillie commented
I don't think either of them managed to decipher the secrets of life in one afternoon
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chopper prop answered
Albert Einstein or Leonardo da Vinci.
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If that was a question, I'd pick Leonardo. He is talented in so many fields and have such a varied imagination. Truly multi-facetted. Albert is great only in a narrow field. For a fun afternoon, Leo is my baby.
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Brandi lol answered
River Phoenix. I just think he was an amazing actor who's life was cut short because of a really bad fad that has unfortunately yet to pass.

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