Lewis Hoskins recalls a time when he was taken prisoner by a chinese soldier while providing humanitarian aid and his ability to find a common humanity and brotherliness with his captor that disarmed the fear and violence of the situation.
Upton Sinclair describes the military (Navy) and religious (Episcopalian) background of his family, and his own choice to defend his country and bring change through his writing.
Wilson Compton describes the influence of his Presbyterian parents on his beliefs (including his mother's child-rearing philosophy of "The Bible, soap, and spinach"), and he explains how the Golden Rule is a concept found in all of the major world religions.
Alexander Bloch describes his parents' desire for him to start a career in business rather than in music, and his ultimate decision to pursue what he loved.
Founder and Executive Director of the National Committee on Alcoholism, Marty Mann describes her experience with alcoholism, and states her beliefs that suffering is universal but can be used to teach life lessons and that she is uniquely suited to help the suffering of alcoholics.
Julie Adams (also called Julia Adams) describes her decision to pursue acting, and the small inner voice that guides her through disappointments, criticism, failures, and success.
Lou Austin describes his belief that persons are meant to be in partnership with God, and how it took 40 years of fruitless struggle for him to learn this.
Harry McAlpin describes his belief in the importance of justice and equality, and the challenges of living that creed as an African American in America.
Charles Parrish remembers his childhood and how his parents shaped his present belief that it is always good to help people and look for the goodness in people.
Katherine Bottigheimer remembers an encounter with her elderly cousin Theresa and the consequent philosophy she unconsciously developed as a result: the value of hard work for the betterment of others.