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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 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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