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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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    May 26 2011: Anita, I think your concern for your mother perfectly answers your question. If we define ourselves by acts of kindness towards each other, we measure up well with each other in a timeless socially highly valued way. Our awareness of each other's concern for our mutual well being transcends materialism. Everyone has a boulevard of broken dreams. You are a curator of magic unrealism, I love your description of yourself. Document your mother's life and show her her very real accomplishments. The real social currency has always been kindness, and our treasure measured in friends and family.

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