If anyone is wondering whether or not one person can really affect the world, just have them read all of the comments people have made about Sid Bentley...
I was a student of Sid's at William Beagle before the World Religions courses for which he is justifiably recognized. And, I had the chance to spend a couple of hours alone with him a few weeks before he died. We had a "nuts and bolts" conversation; no beating around the bush. Despite the fact that we hadn't talked for close to 40 years, it was as if we'd been lifelong friends. Clearly, he'd had a lasting effect on me.
During the conversation, Sid emphasized a few things that I think are worth sharing with everyone:
1) Sid believed that he'd had a good life and was content with what he had accomplished. Sid had gotten into teaching because he wanted to give back to the world and make it a better place, knowing that the only true legacy a person can have is to help others along the way and to try to make the world a better place.
2) Sid firmly believed that all of mankind, nature, and some sort of spiritual world are connected. He had a benefactor who had made it possible for him to leave the world of sales and become a teacher, who had recognized that helping spread truth and understanding was Sid's calling. Sid believed that nobody can make it through life alone; it's our relationships with others that matter.
3) during our two hours together, he mentioned at least half a dozen times that the best thing that ever happened to him was his wife, Shelia. Sid said he could never quite figure out what she saw in him when they first met, but was sure happy that she saw something!
Like so many others, I am very glad to have had Sid as a teacher.