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kialexus | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 30, 2010 at 10:42 AM via web

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What does it mean to be an infinite person and is there any famous person in the news who seems to fit the labled? 

What does it mean to be an infinite person and is there any famous person in the news who seems to fit the labled?

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missy575 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted August 30, 2010 at 11:24 AM (Answer #2)

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I don't think I have ever heard of a person being labeled infinite, but I think the word infamous has the same connotation.

Someone who is infamous is known well beyond their life span. Someone who is famous is generally only known during their own life and a little beyond.

Presidents generally fall in this category because they are markers of history.

I would say Michael Jackson might be a person known well beyond his life span.

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 30, 2010 at 11:26 AM (Answer #3)

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Well, we'll have to think beyond the literal for this one, as the only being I know who is literally infinite is God--the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End.  The literal unending nature of infinite is really just not applicable to human beings.  In terms of the figurative, I suppose we have to look for people who have had a lasting impact on the world.  They would be what we call transformative figures, and we can find them in every area of life: sports, music, art, science, medicine...and the list goes on.  Some have been transformative far beyond their own realms of expertise and experience, and I'll list a few of those.  I'm certain others will think of many more to add to my list, which is good.

Jesus Christ was a transformative figure who came to offer salvation to the world through his personal sacrifice. (He's also God, so this may be a bit of a cheat.)

Mother Teresa was a transformative figure in the world of selflessness and serving others.

Martin Luther King was a transformative figure in the world of both civil and human rights, at least in America.

Ghandi was a transformative figure in the world of spiritual and political transformation.

This should get you started.  Certainly there are figures with a more focused impact (as in the list given above), and they could certainly be added to this group.  I'll be watching to see what anyone else might say about infinite people. 

Lori Steinbach

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scarletpimpernel | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 1, 2010 at 2:45 PM (Answer #4)

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If you are referring to a person who is timeless (meaning that he or she is relevant to all time periods), then you need to think of someone who is well-respected by people from all different walks of life.  As far as someone in the current news who fits that description, Nelson Mandela has proved that even though is no longer the official leader of South Africa, he is still recognized globally as having ending apartheid in his homeland.

From an entertainment standpoint, Clint Eastwood is a good candidate as someone who is timeless.  He has seamlessly moved from actor to an award-winning director, and people seem to respect him and his work even though some of it is controversial.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 26, 2011 at 11:59 AM (Answer #5)

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An infinite person would be one with incredible power, either politically or influentially. Examples include Hitler, Churchill, George Washington and Martin Luther King, Jr. They are people whose reach extends beyond what the average powerful person can accomplish.
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lisa7quantum | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 7, 2011 at 2:07 PM (Answer #6)

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What does it mean to be an infinite person and is there any famous person in the news who seems to fit the labled? 

What does it mean to be an infinite person and is there any famous person in the news who seems to fit the labled?

In response to who would be an infinite person, I would agree that we cannot take this as literal. The term infinite person does not mean never ending or even famous or impacting. This is a philisophical term portraying a person that is very broad minded and would consider all avenues of life. A good example of an infinite person would be Leonardo Da Vinchi, he was a scientist, an inventor, a huge open thinker in his time. That's not even considering his appeal to art and asthetics. An infinite person would be free of all predjudices, would be open to any religion or avenue of thought. Would never commit a crime apon humanity, and would expect the same from others. This person would see the whole world and it's "infinite" possibilities. I would see this as a term and not a label as much.

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