In political years, during awards season, it’s easy to get sucked into the nastiness and pettiness of people and lose one’s faith in humanity or become cynical about red carpet events. (If you’re a humanist like me, losing faith in humanity could be a religious crisis.) I thought it was the appropriate time to list the people who I think are treasures. What I mean is they:

  1. Are well known (otherwise, telling you about them would mean nothing)
  2. Have an outsized positive effect on our civic or cultural life. They do good, make people feel good, or just make enormous contributions to our cultural lives.
  3. Are from or are living in the United States or Canada (not to be too nationalistic and we share the same culture/society, really)

People I think are treasures, in no particular order, and it’s not comprehensive:

  • Neil Gaiman
  • Tina Fey
  • Emma Stone
  • Cory Booker
  • Patrick Rothfuss
  • Bill Murray
  • Jimmy Fallon
  • Stephen Amell
  • Elon Musk
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Nathan Fillion
  • Jimmy Carter
  • Steven Spielberg
  • Sheryl Sandberg
  • George Takei
  • Beyonce
  • Robert Downey, Jr.
  • Will Farrell
  • Barney Frank
  • Larry Page and Sergey Brin
  • Ellen Degeneres
  • Colin Powell
  • Chris Pratt
  • Anna Kendrick
  • Garrison Keillor
  • George H. W. Bush
  • Amy Poehler
  • Taylor Swift
  • Neil Patrick Harris
  • Mark Zuckerberg
  • Joss Whedon
Continental Treasures