When a powerful mystic steps on the hand of a radical young hippie doctor from Detroit, it changes lives and the world. Sometimes Brilliant chronicles the true adventures of Larry Brilliant, a philosopher, seeker, unconventional doctor, groundbreaking tech innovator and key player in the eradication of one of the worst pandemics in human history. His story—about what happens when love, compassion and determination meet the right circumstances to effect positive change—is the kind that keeps hope and the sense of possibility alive.
After sitting at the feet of Martin Luther King Jr. as a medical student at the University of Michigan in 1963, Larry Brilliant was swept up into the civil rights movement, marching and protesting across America and Europe. Stepping into the role of radical young doctor after graduation, he (along with his wife Girija, Wavy Gravy and the Hog Farm commune) followed the Hippie Trail from London over the Khyber Pass to India. There, he found himself in a Himalayan ashram, wondering whether he had stumbled into a cult. Instead, one of India’s greatest spiritual teachers, Neem Karoli Baba, opened Larry’s heart and told him his destiny was to work for the World Health Organization to help eradicate deadly smallpox. He would eventually become a key player in eliminating this ten-thousand-year old disease that had already killed more than half a billion people in the twentieth century alone.