Never late to do good..
Alfred Nobel was an inventor and a businessman born in Sweden in 1833. When he was thirty years old, he made his first inventions of dynamite (a kind of explosive made by his company called Nobel Company). Although dynamite has many peaceful uses, including digging tunnels, it was and is still used in warfare.
Alfred Nobel went on to become extremely wealthy by inventing and selling war materials, especially with a kind of smokeless gunpowder that made it easier for soldiers to see during battles.In 1867, Nobel patented his dynamite discovery after making improvement on the blasting cap; which was ignited by lighting a fuse. Nobel died in 1895 and left behind nine million endowment fund.
According to the Nobel Peace prize committee when Nobel died, in 1895, his will came as quite a surprise. He left most of his vast fortune to pay for a group of prizes awarded every year. The prizes were to be given for achievements in chemistry, physics, medicine, literature and the cause of peace. The first four prizes are awarded by a committee appointed by the Swedish parliament, and the peace prize is decided by a committee appointed by the Norwegian parliament.
According to Nobel’s will
“The prize for peace is awarded to a person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding of peace congresses.”The award is sometimes given to an individual and sometimes to an organization.
As people of faith born of a ‘reformer’ (Martin Luther), desire to drive change is often over-shadowed with feeling of powerlessness. We encounter poverty, unemployment, diseases, changing environment and the list keep growing bigger and bigger.The little change in our own little way build up to the bigger difference we should desire: To leave the world a better place than we found it.