Elmer Charles Bigelow had the courage of his convictions. The 25-year-old from Hebron, Illinois, enlisted in the US Navy at the beginning of WWII, and after training was assigned to the USS Fletcher, a destroyer that was part of the US Pacific fleet. During fighting in the Philippines, the Fletcher ... Continue reading
Courage of our convictions
Michelangelo and risk-taking
Michelangelo was only 25 when he completed Pietà, a marble sculpture depicting Mary holding the lifeless body of her son, Jesus. His Pietà was so astonishingly beautiful that the Italian art community crowed that Michelangelo had surpassed "not only the sculptures of all of [his] contemporaries, but ... Continue reading
Why did Abu Ghraib happen?
In 1971, Stanford University researchers created an experiment in which volunteers were divided into two groups, "prisoners" and "guards." The guards were left on their own to determine how to manage the prisoners. After only a few days, the guards had become so abusive towards their charges that ... Continue reading