TED Conversations

Sartaj Anand

Founder, Egomonk , Melton Foundation


This conversation is closed.

Fill in the Blank - What the World needs now is __________ ?

The World is shaped by our common aspirations and it is through our everyday actions that we provide tacit approval to our reality.

Try to answer this question objectively and share your thoughts to help co-create our Future.


Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.

  • Jul 14 2012: Equal Distribution of Power and Wealth to every country in this World.
    • Jul 14 2012: ok first of all when you say "this world" you sound like a douche. Second, that would be terrible. If that happened, there would have to be a head of countries. Equality doesn't work. Outvoting 49% to 51% on something would cost a lot of lives. The world is huge and has a lot of countries. The power would be stretched out too thin. There are some countries who's populations don't reach 4 digits. they would have as much power as, say, India. But, since there are fewer people, those individuals would have much more power than any single person in India. It opens too many gateways to war death famine and corruption. The global economy works fine. We just need people to accept it and stop pretending that change is a big deal and needs to happen. Business have worked the way they have for thousands of years because it's the best way. Technology changes, so systems change, but the principals are the same.
      • Jul 14 2012: I rarely see these kind of arguments anymore. Don't be offended, but your viewpoints sound American? May i ask what you need power for? Your statement about how well the global economy is doing, surprises me. How does the global economy deal with providing food and shelter for everyone? How does it deal with all the global environmental issues? How [pick one]? Economist are seeing that economy are moving from consumer-products to service products. How do you think that transition will go? What happens when everybody pays interest to everybody else - where does the money go?

        Patents/money hinders poor people getting nessesary medicine. Cool?
        Ownership prevents people from trying out other society-models. Cool?
        The products cycle and their short lifespan are extremely inefficient. Cool?
        Companies lie/cheat and manipulate people for their own needs. Cool?
        Economy has the characteristics of Chaos theory. Unpredictability. Cool?

        Well, this could have been a long reply, but this sentence:
        "Business have worked the way they have for thousands of years because it's the best way."
        made me look at your profile. I can see that you are fairly young (and American) That doesn't mean that your opinion necessarily is faulty, but we learn our whole lives and it doesn't sound like you really know that much about the history of money, how it works or what the alternatives are. If you are not to offended, then i would recommend a few evenings roaming the documentary-sites out there for material on economy/money. You may hate them, but your viewpoint will get more nuanced and perhaps more realistic.
        • thumb
          Jul 15 2012: Americans have learned - in their compulsory educations - that equality means something different than equality. We believe that all are equal, but some must be more equal than others for society to survive. It's the same way with slavery. We have learned to call that which is slavery, our freedom, so we defend it at all costs. Paul equates equality with democracy without even knowing that in a world where equality reigned, democracy wouldn't look like inequality. Paul hasn't learned about how the global economic system works because he has been lied to about it, as well as about American history.

          First things first - make education FUN and make it a HOBBY. Make it HONEST - ending the lies of omission and the lies of commission. Then solutions that escape the Pauls of this world will be obvious to all.
        • Jul 16 2012: Thanks, Gail. And I hope I didn't offend you with my first sentence, Abbas. It was a joke in the youthful american sense of humor.
          And Simon, what I meant was that since the Agricultural Revolution, the basic skeletal structure of buying and selling goods and services has been the same. The specifics changed to deal with the new markets of goods and the services that accompany them, but the idea has always been a trade-based economy with someone controlling where everything goes. Let's use a hypothetical to describe what I think would happen if every country in the world had equal power:

          First of all, each country would use someone (either the regular Head of State or a rep.) to voice what their country has to say in whatever group of people forms to get together and decide what to do with the world. Now, if there are a hundred starving third world countries, and six large, prosperous countries that produce food as a main export, these third world countries would outnumber the larger countries 100 to 6, when any one of those six hold more people than the 100 combined. Which means, the poor countries would be able to outvote the 6 prosperous countries easily, getting them plenty of food. This would be a disaster for the 6 large countries, because their food export would greatly decline. The poor countries would not be able to contribute back to the world economy what they are taking, which leads to a substantial loss of money for the 6 large countries. Equality is doom. A perfect example of this is the first draft of the American Constitution known as the Articles of Confederation. If you want to know what would happen if every country had equal power, look into how that document worked. A global society full of independent states would not be able to be united under one flag, nor share power equally. The reason that the global economy is tanking now isn't because of unbalanced power, it's unwise spending. Equal power would just bring more of that.

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.