One of my greatest idols from antiquity is the amazing Hypatia. Greek Mathematician, Astrotnomist and Philosopher, who was centuries before her time.  Or one could say we just have not progressed much since then.  

“Life is an unfoldment, and the further we travel the more truth we can comprehend. To understand the things that are at our door is the best preparation for understanding those that lie beyond.” - Hypatia