- Christopher Davis
- Santa Monica, CA
- United States
What does it mean that our ideas for success should come from within?
I want to start this conversation by stating that I absolutely agree with this TED talks' overall message of judgement; that in our culture we allow ourselves to judge the value of a human being by one aspect about them; republican, democrat, gay, rich, poor, murderer, priest, job, actions, and that this judgement is always fundamentally wrong.
Human-beings are the sum of two attributes: the biological pre-dispositions that happened to have been combined to create us and the environmental factors that we all happened to experience. These environmental factors are so powerful and so complex, where an experience from one vantage point will be totally different from another, that is absolutely impossible to judge and de-value a person for their actions, their beliefs, their faults, or any other aspect of that person. That is not to say that we should not assign responsibility to people, responsibility is a needed social construct, but to assign contempt, to assign hatred, to not care, is a fundamentally illogical and wrong reaction, always, without exception.
In the face of these environmental factors; I ask this question: if all people have been influenced by an extraordinary amount of environmental factors to the point where it is impossible to differentiate between actions and beliefs rising from the self and actions and beliefs rising from external factors (which I argue dictates almost all actions/beliefs), how is it possible to know that our ideas of success are truly our own? The very idea of an action or idea being solely from one entity, the self, is absolutely false.
My solution to this question, in my mind, is to assess whether or not our ideas of success are what we really want, regardless of why it is that we want it. Because the very reasons why we want certain things are always tied to external forces.