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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: You know not WHAT to do for you know not WHO you are. When you know, your question becomes irrelevant. We sure like to THINK we know who we are. But we don't.

    You are not some long lasting separate entity. You've just been told that. The clock ticks.
    • Sep 21 2013: Any advice on HOW to get closer to KNOW WHO I am... and figure out WHAT to DO with my life... If I AM to be of any use..?
      • Sep 22 2013: :-) very little. It's clear that you already seek it. There are thoughts. And there is a thinker of thoughts. Watch the Thinker.....always. You are not that.

        Worrying about what you should DO is a hindrance.
        • Sep 22 2013: True...

          The mind knows it is a hindrance, but the anxiety makes the mind forget what it knows and leads it to dive into solving, asking, begging, crying, fearing...

          ... thank you for the reminder! :)

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