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Jordan Reeves

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What's one lesson you find super compelling?

If you could put a megaphone to the ears of the world for just 5 mintues, what's the one lesson you would teach. It doesn't have to be serious, but it can be. It doesn't have to be about math, science, literature, or history, but it can be. It just needs to capture the minds of your audience.

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    Apr 21 2012: Life is inherently self-centered. Just imagine what it would be like if we all became other-centered! Flowing from our attention to others' voices and experiences brings us together with understanding and reveals actions that improve our world.
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      Apr 21 2012: ... at a basic level yes; however, that is what makes us, potentially, different; we do not need to be self-centered. This does not have to be, nor should it be, binary; being self-centered and other-centered are not mutually exclusive.
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        Apr 21 2012: Eva and Anthony,
        I do not agree that "Life is inherently self-centered". Life is simply life...how we live our life is a choice.

        I believe knowing our "self" well, helps us be more compassionate, empathic and unconditionally loving with others. When we are aware of this practice, "being self-centered and other-centered are not mutually exclusive, as you insightfully say Anthony:>)

        I agree Eva...we can recognize and reinforce the "flowing from our attention to others...", and in doing so, we experience balance and interconnectedness:>)
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          Apr 21 2012: ... to amplify, understanding and acting on the difference is what makes us humans rather than just animals - ubuntu, I am because you are.
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        Apr 21 2012: Well amplified Anthony. That is one very important word/concept we can bring to the ears of our world because it is an idea worth spreading....Ubuntu:>)
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          Apr 21 2012: it is; if I had to pick one word to live by it would be Ubuntu. Another would be Illulu, which is freedom achieved through honour, self-respect, generousity, courage, honesty, and a sense of duty towards the group.

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