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Anita Doron

filmmaker - curator of magic unrealism,

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Wealth and power have been our conventional measures of success. What definition will better sustain us now and how can we move into it?

The other day, my mother mentioned that she hasn't accomplished anything in her life. (She's a forest and machine engineer who hasn't found a suitable job since immigrating from the Soviet Union 20 years ago) It broke my heart to hear this. We live in a world that makes people value themselves more and more singularly by their career highs and financial prowess.

The conventional model of success has proven to be destructive, separating and pitting us against each other in competition.

What would be a better definition of accomplishment for us and how could we collectively shift toward embracing this?

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    Apr 25 2011: Ms. Anita is right in her statement that the conventional model of success (being measured with the materialistic possessions) has proven to be destructive, separating and pitting us against each other in competition, resulting, ultimately in unhappiness.
    It is, probably, because of the increasing consumerism that the individuals have now become self-centered. This has led us to believe that a successful person is the one who has a very good bank balance and a house having crystals, chandeliers, classic furnishings, and branded materialistic possessions. Further, if one sees something better (in fact, costlier) elsewhere and is unable to afford that, one feels saddened in spite of his more-than-required worldly and costly possessions. Still further, because of being materialistic rich, one develops an ego of having had achievements such as title, job, money etc. On the other hand, self-power, based on our own spirit/self and not the objects of our experience/possessions/materialistic achievements, is permanent as it is based on the knowledge of the Self.
    With money alone, no one has ever been able to have/purchase treasures such as a good family/friends/relatives, sound health, true love/respect.

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