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Rebecca Lynn

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What is my obligation to society and the world?

I am a person that was born in good health, to a great family, a relatively high IQ, and with financial means and connections. I have struggled my entire life with feeling that have not done my part to contribute to the solving the problems of the world. Is there a TED scholar in this community that can help me come up with a realistic goal that would allow me to feel satisfied with my contribution to the world? I would love it if someone could come up with a talk relating to this subject.


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    Sep 13 2013: When I read Stephen Covey's "7 Habits...", I remember one thing impressed me. Chapter 2 is called "Begin with the End in Mind". I thought, it was going to be something about goals. But what he said was not quite what I expected. His advice was to imagine what we would like other people to say about us at our own funeral. I didn't expect "the end" to be mentioned in such a radical way.

    Perhaps, the obligations are not to "society". The obligations are to ourselves. So, this question seems to be related to the question "Who am I?" "What's close to my heart?"
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      Sep 13 2013: Good point Arkady:>)
      To imagine what we would like others to say about us at our funeral, we need to step outside our "self", to imagine how we create our life experience.....as you say.....who am I? What is close to my heart? How do I want to "spend" the time I have on this earth? Do we choose to fully engage in a full and rich life.....or not?

      "Life begets life
      Energy creates energy
      It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich"
      (Sarah Bernhardt)

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