Saturday, May 15, 2010

Q&A- Five People I'd Like To Meet

This post is in response to an interesting question I received last week, "If you could only invite 5 people (living or deceased) to dinner who would they be and why?" Here they are (click on each name for more info)...

Mohandas Gandhi

Gandhi was one of the greatest leaders of the 20th Century, a man who lived a modest life and lived as he preached.  He was a quietly outspoken advocate of a simple life lived in truth, spirituality, love and non-violence. I'd like to sit with him and just listen to what he has to say; you can't have too much of any of these things in your life.   

Mother Teresa

One of the most selfless humanitarians of our time. Mother Teresa devoted her life completely to caring for others in Third-World countries who were sick and dying of various diseases. I'd like to sit with her because someone like this is bound to have a profound influence on the way you look at life.  I think I'd leave that conversation with more compassion than I now have.

Freidrich Nietzsche

To my mind Nietzsche is one of the most brilliant philosophers of modern times (nineteenth century).  While much of his work admittedly makes my brain hurt, his philosophies are fascinating and I find his most frequently quoted works still hold many truisms today.  (Many of his quotations appear on this blog). I'd almost be scared to sit with him as our discussion on philosophy could run for hours, much of that time taken up with me asking questions.

Dr. Cindy M. Meston, Ph.D.

Cindy M. Meston is one of the world's leading experts on female sexual psychophysiology.  Recently she collaborated with evolutionary psychologist David M. Buss to publish "Why Women Have Sex", the result of a three-year study of approximately 1,000 women. I'd like to sit with her because no other study of female sexuality that I've read has explored the psychology involved as thoroughly, and I consider these findings to be somewhat of a breakthrough.  It's a fascinating, amazing read. (Click here for further studies by the Meston lab on sexual function and dysfunction).

John Mayer

I consider John Mayer to be one of today's best singer/songwriters.  He's also an accomplished guitarist with a considerable blues background, and can hold his own with the best of them. For me John's writing reflects a tremendous grasp of the human condition, particularly relationships. I'd like to sit with him and just talk about life.  No one else influences me as heavily; if I could write like anyone it would be this guy.

Disclaimer: I realize that Wikipedia isn't always 100% accurate, but it does give a good overview of each person's bio.


  1. Great ones! I really would like to meet the first too myselfs!

  2. Great Post! This certainly would be an amazing dinner - I think collectively yourself and this group would certainly be able to come to a better understanding of us humans and what motivates and holds us back. thanks.

  3. I love to meet Gandhi and Mother Teresa too. They are my idols. xoxo

  4. Great list!
    I think mine would have to be...Caleb from Kings of Leon (so moody and interesting), Oprah (probably because she has met and knows so many influential people and is one of the most famous people in the world), Robert Plant (front man for Led Zeppelin...what else is there to say?), Jamie Oliver (chef), and sad, but true...Robert Pattinson. I have a sick fascination with this guy...:)

  5. Aaawww man my comment last time didn't get posted. My internet connection here in the BOONIES is VERY spotty ;-/ But anyhoozens, I really like this idea. I wonder who I would pick: Barry and Sandy! YAY:)))

    And maybe Jesus since after all he was an important historical figure. And I was thinking possibly Hitler... I know it's despicable but maybe I can cut off his head before he ruins the world. The Dalai Lama might be a better choice and then I don't have to kill anyone and will actually enjoy it! Oh crap, Steven Tyler... now there's a good one. I've crushed on that ugly sexy thang all my life. Aaarrrghhh... Isabel Allende for SURE. Forget it. This is complicated!!!

  6. I agree with the first two and John Mayer, though I think he is sort of a douche bad lol! I love his music!