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Our Noble, Essential Decency

Robert Heinlein - Colorado Springs, Colorado
As heard on the This I Believe podcast, July 7, 2014

In spite of his successful career as a science fiction writer, Robert Heinlein's beliefs are more down to earth. Mr. Heinlein believed in the decency of his neighbors, and the future of the human race.

Always Go to the Funeral

Deirdre Sullivan - Brooklyn, New York
As heard on NPR's All Things Considered, August 8, 2005

As a child Deirdre Sullivan’s father told her to always pay her respects at funerals. Now, the Brooklyn attorney believes those simple acts of human kindness are as important as the grand heroic gestures.

A Daily Walk Just to Listen

Susan Cosio - Sacramento, California
As heard on NPR’s All Things Considered, October 2, 2006

As a hospital chaplain, parent and writer, Susan Cosio often finds her life filled with responsibilities and distractions. But she believes the quiet time of a daily walk helps her stay connected to God.

An Honest Doubter

Elizabeth Deutsch - Shaker Heights, Ohio
As heard on The Bob Edwards Show, September 3, 2010

At 16, Elizabeth Deutsch was the youngest essayist to appear on Edward R. Murrow’s This I Believe. She discusses her search for philosophical and spiritual beliefs that can guide her as an adult. (Read a new essay Deutsch wrote in 2005.)

Disrupting My Comfort Zone

Brian Grazer - Beverly Hills, California
As heard on NPR’s All Things Considered, June 26, 2006

With movies like A Beautiful Mind and Apollo 13 to his credit, Oscar-winning producer Brian Grazer could rest on his laurels. But that’s not for him. Grazer believes in disrupting his comfort zone.

Seeing in Beautiful, Precise Pictures

Temple Grandin - Fort Collins, Colorado
As heard on NPR’s Morning Edition, August 14, 2006

As a person living with autism, Temple Grandin explains that she lives by concrete rules, not abstract beliefs. Without the ability to process abstract thought, she thinks in pictures and in sounds.

I Agree With A Pagan

Arnold Toynbee - London, England
As heard on The Bob Edwards Show, June 18, 2010

Arnold Toynbee says everyone has certain skills and knowledge, yet what makes us truly human is how we relate to other people. The noted historian believes that suffering is not only inevitable but it is indispensable in gaining a lifelong education.

How Do You Believe In A Mystery

Loudon Wainwright III - Los Angeles, California
As heard on NPR’s Morning Edition, June 19, 2006

Loudon Wainwright III has been writing songs for more than 30 years. He believes in the mystery that inspires the creation of a new song. But it’s not something Wainwright wants to think about too much.

The Fellowship of the World

Niven Busch - Hollister, California
As heard on The Bob Edwards Show, June 11, 2010

Movie writer Niven Busch appreciated the solitude of a horseback ride on his ranch. But he also valued the bustle and chaos of a subway trip in a crowded city. Busch believed these journeys allowed him to better connect with his fellow wayfarers.

The Rule of Law

Michael Mullane - Fayetteville, Arkansas
As heard on NPR’s Morning Edition, June 5, 2006

Professor and attorney Michael Mullane believes the rule of law must be upheld — even in times of threat and crisis. As fragile as it can be, Mullane says we are all protected by and accountable to the law.