These short bios represent cultural alchemists who have and do work with their psychological environments to transmute the negative influences of their times into wisdom and goodness. Humanity is like a work of evolutionary art and these figures represent colors and forms we constantly use—sometimes consciously but more often unconsciously—in shaping and dealing with our experiences.
"Here, perhaps, is the true litany of saints; these are the names that should adorn our calendars, with those that gave new beauty to the world, or counseled it to gentler humanity... but no list could exhaust the treasure of man's heritage or equal its infinite variety.... let us have many lists and many heroes we cannot honor them too much , or commemorate them excessively."—Will Durant
Anna Grigoryevna Dostoyevskaya
Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky
Voltaire, François-Marie Arouet
Zainab, Sayyeda Zaynab bint Ali