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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 27 2011: I believe it will change when people will define themselves and not let society decide for them. Only late in our history we truly find encouragement of self-recognition. We have created a society of survival ( hunter gathering) then of production, I believe it is time for a society of ideas an individuals that synergize. Then how define success? It depends of each person. Did the monk in the high plateau of Tibet have obtain a success yes. But such everyone do the same? Doubtful, who make Our food? Our clothes? This website? Does the rich man obtain success? Maybe if it was his goal. We need everyone little success define by their limit, their dream and their own belief.
    There a line in Cyrano of Bergerac that I love ""Cyrano: I know, you will leave me with nothing - neither the laurel nor the rose. Take it all then! There is one possession I take with me from this place. Tonight when I stand before God - and bow low to him, so that my forehead brushes his footstool, the firmament - I will stand again and proudly show Him that one pure possession - which I have never ceased to cherish or to share with all-
    -and that is-
    Roxane: And that is...?
    Cyrano: My enormous - panache." Act 5, pg. 157

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