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My name is Pythagoras of Samos. I believe I should win the fabulous two-week cruise on the incomparable Argo because I dedicated my life to educating and caring for the future generations. I risked my life to share my knowledge with anyone who wanted to learn.

I was born on the island of Samos, but lived most of my life in Crotona, Italy. When I was a young man, I traveled to many different places to observe the different lifestyles and cultures. Some of the countries I visited were India, Egypt, and Persia (Bulfinch).

After viewing many different aspects of life I developed my philosophies and beliefs. My most important philosophy is that almost everything in life can be associated in some way with numbers . I was one of the first people to believe that the earth was shaped like a sphere and that all the planets have movements of their own (S. Marc Cohen 921). I believe in metempsychosis, the transmigration of souls from one body to another. This idea relates to reincarnation (Alexander P.D. Mourelatos 45). I taught my followers that both sexes are equal, that it is inhumane to have slaves, and that all animals should be respected (The Columbia Encyclopedia, Fifth Ed.).

I was one of the first to promote the idea of vegetarianism (Alexander P.D. Mourelatos 45). I created a school called the Pythagorean brotherhood. I tried to create a society where everyone was treated equally and everybody respected each other's possessions (Thomas Bulfinch). All of my disciples followed a sort of religion called Pythagoreanism. Some of the beliefs were that reality is mathematical in nature, any soul can become divine, and certain things or symbols can have mysterious meanings. Not only did my ideas in...

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