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Maaher Sayeed

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A list of positive contributions for every group that collectively makes our today's world

We are often clouded with the bitter realities and events around ourselves. We are too quick to make snap judgements and form instantaneous opinions about people, countries, faith systems and cultures based on a single negative event or an incident. For example: Shootings at schools doesn’t mean that the whole US culture is a trigger happy, gun totting paranoid culture. Similarly, a group of fundamental thinking closed uneducated culture of terrorism ideologies doesn’t speak for the rest of the progressive, developing and forwarding thinking Muslim world.
Almost every Continent, Country, Culture, Faith and Race have made several great positive contributions to our world in many small and big ways that has helped the world we live in today. Sadly, many people from these places themselves are unaware or educated about their positive histories and contributions and often grow up blinded with the bitter negative realities. Often other countries and people are also unaware of such positive contributions and form poor judgement and ideas about the every shrinking world of cultures.
Would a website or a easily accessible list of positive contributions made by each Country, culture and race help inspire the future generations to understand their positive history and progress towards extending their great legacies by further contributions into the future?

The idea is to educate the world and the respective individuals from each of these categories to realize their potential and develop further. Also this will help educate everyone and hold a lot more respect for each others culture, country, background etc.

Often people are blinded by the arrogance of their own country’s and culture achievements to an extent where they have very little respect and regard for others without realizing their great contributions too.

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    Jan 14 2013: How's this for a start? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Inventions_by_country
    Anyone can add more to a Wikipedia entry, as some of these lists are obviously quite incomplete.
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      Jan 15 2013: Thanks for sharing this, link Fritze, but I mean a lot more extensive list by race, cultures, with historic time lines and different aspects other than just inventions such as discoveries, social and administrative policies, education, trade policies, etc.

      The idea is to educate the world and the respective individuals from each of these categories to realize their potential and develop further. Also this will help educate everyone and hold a lot more respect for each others culture, country, background etc.

      Often people are blinded by the arrogance of their own country’s and culture achievements to an extent where they have very little respect and regard for others without realizing their great contributions too.

      But this list is very interesting... thanks for sharing again!
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    Jan 21 2013: Hello Maaher,
    Very good thought process indeed i really liked the way you have presented your idea.
    Do you think will it be good enough if we start a subject of 'positive contributions made by respective countries' as part of curriculum during school days along with the website that you have though about.?
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    Jan 15 2013: Maaher, as you mention in your profile being a specialist in motivational public speaking, I expect that you work continuously on improving in your area of expertise. In terms of feedback, then, let me mention that I typically have a similar reaction to TED Lover's below when someone uses "we" the way you have here, common as that is in modern case-making.

    There are some cases in which "we" is appropriate as a matter of fact, as in "We live on this planet, we all face challenges...". Sometimes, in contrast, it is true of the speaker but he only assumes it is true of others- that his own particular attitudes are somehow universal. In yet a third case, I have seen someone with an idea to sell using "we" when he actually means "you" but sees a strategic advantage in portraying himself as belonging with the target audience rather than somehow above them. An example I would place with this last is the way people who train in the persuasive tactics of neurolinguistic programming are advised when they actually disagree with a person to say "Yes, and.." even when the person bent on persuasion doesn't agree at all with what the person has said.

    I know this is a tangent, but saying "we" can be ruffling to those who are not as you describe. More inclusive terminology accepting of differences is, "Many of us..."
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      Jan 16 2013: I see your point Fritzie, Thanks for your feedback. I really didnt expect that it could be this offensive and directly insulting by me using "We" which does include myself to TED lovers point. I apologize if this has offended yours and TEd lovers sensitivities in anyway.

      The first two sentences where I have used "we" is certainly generalizing in purpose to an extent but in context to the idea. Some may get what I mean some may not. But I do not mean any disrespect to those who dont in anyway.
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        Jan 16 2013: Oh, Maaher, I was not offended at all! I just think those who always use "we" in this way in the hope of bringing people together often don't realize that it can come across differently than you intend.
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          Jan 16 2013: I truly understand your point though. But the same people wouldnt mind if I had used "We" to generalize a positive ..such as .."We are always very cautious and balanced when drawing conclutions from a statement.." The reaction would be different to a positive, but lot more different to a negative generalization.
          If that is so, then one perhaps needs to comprehend in context.
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        Jan 16 2013: I disagree on that. To say we are all cautious and balanced in drawing conclusions would embody the same noticeable fallacy.
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    Jan 15 2013: I can't see any harm in it, and it might do some good. Possibly the people who find this website might already realize that every culture has contributed.
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      Jan 16 2013: Thanks Greg. Yes, it is for those who are unaware of the several contributions made by others and thier own cultures, countires etc. It perhaps could help value and respect each other more.
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        Jan 16 2013: Maaher, how do you think people would find it, what might motivate them to find it?
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    Jan 15 2013: You began your question with, "We are often clouded with the bitter realities and events around ourselves. We are too quick to make snap judgements and form instantaneous opinions"

    What if you had been more honest and started with "I am too often ... and I have noticed that many others are as well".

    Such a beginning would shift the focus to the answer that I think (suspect) that you really want. It would also not demean those who practice a different way of life. It might even inspire others to begin practicing a different way of life.

    I found that when I shifted my focus to me, and stopped hiding behind others by allowing them to think for me, I became able to see so many positives that had been invisible to me before. It is my goal to model better thinking habits rather than to convince others to remain helpless sheeple - even if someone wants to direct the sheeple to a better pasture.

    No offense is intended in this comment, though I understand that offense might well be taken by those who project their own uncomfortable traits on others.