"I'm old and tired. Let them cope by themselves. I've done the main thing. Could anyone have dreamed of telling Stalin that he didn't suit us anymore and suggesting he retire? Not even a wet spot would have remained where we had been standing. Now everything is different. The fear is gone, and we can talk as equals. That's my contribution. I won't put up a fight."
--Nikita Khrushchev after being denounced and removed as General Secretary, 1964
From "Modern Man In Search Of A Soul" --
Every creative person is a duality or a synthesis of contradictory aptitudes. On the one side he is a human being with a personal life, while on the other side he is an impersonal, creative process. Since as a human being he may be sound or morbid, we must look at his psychic make-up to find the determinants of his personality. But we can only understand him in his capacity of artist by looking at his creative achievement. We should make a sad mistake if we tried to explain the mode of life of an English gentleman, a Prussian officer, or a cardinal in terms of personal factors. The gentleman, the officer and the cleric function as such in an impersonal role, and their psychic make-up is qualified by a peculiar objectivity. We must grant that the artist does not function in an official capacity -- the very opposite is nearer the truth. He nevertheless resembles the types I have named in one respect, for the specifically artistic disposition involves an overweight of collective psychic life as against the personal. Art is a kind of innate drive that seizes a human being and makes him its instrument. The artist is not a person endowed with free will who seeks his own ends, but one who allows art to realize its purposes through him.
Hines Ward is a cool dude. No, really, I saw him speak. In case you don't know who Hines Ward is, he's a former half-Korean, half-black, American NFL player who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He saw two Super Bowl wins, was the Super Bowl MVP, made four Pro Bowl appearances, and had 1000 receptions. He talked about growing up, and challenges he faced as a biracial child. He talked about making it to the NFL, and how he doesn't have an ACL. He talked about giving back to the people who supported him, and he talked about how he's a mama's boy. He also talked a lot about choices.
Hines talked about the good choices and the bad choices he made throughout his life. He said he made bad choices when he joined the NFL, like spending his first paycheck on a Mercedes convertible (although he did buy a house for his mom, too). He said he bought all sorts of things that he didn't need. He made a lot of bad choices, but he says he kept smiling because he knew that he had to learn from his mistakes. He said he didn't mind making mistakes because he learned from them. He also said football gave him a lot of great things. It gave him a family, the opportunity to be on Dancing With the Stars and The Walking Dead, as well as in Batman The Dark Knight Rises and Celebrity Cook-Off. He is able to spend time with charities and he started his own foundation, the Hines Ward Helping Hands Foundation, which helps biracial kids living in South Korea. His motto for life is Will Always Rise above Difficulty (or WARD).
People always recognize Hines Ward because of his smile, but he said he hopes people get to know the man behind the smile.