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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 14 2013: Rebecca,
    I will comment 2-folded to your “I have struggled my entire life with feeling that I have not done my part to contribute to the solving the problems of the world”, because it resonates with some of what I have felt/thought myself.
    1. Sometimes our minds can understand, live and verbalize an existing truth without being specifically articulated around us. For example, I was raised by my family, and for the most of my life I have not done “my part” in contributing to solving the financial, administrative, emotional, achieving and aspirational aspects that needed to be handled in “me and my family world”, because I was the sustained child. For most of my growing life I was the “schedule, administration and financial” problem, and maybe sometimes the impediment to my parents passion. It doesn’t take complicated vocabulary or sentences to express this, so I believe a person develops the mental capacity to understand that very early on, even if legally it can acquire right to work later on, and sometimes families want to support and protect even longer (i.e. completion of an university degree).
    When I understood there is a difference between “me & my family world”, and “the world”, it helped alleviate and differentiate in the heaviness of feeling towards where, what, how to help and contribute. Some are lucky to have families self-sustainable into their elderly days, so they can focus most on their young families, projects, goals or aspirations. Some struggle with unfortunate events, and their financial implications. Some can balance these responsabilities with a purpose, passion, and achieve all that and more. Some not.
    2. For a grand, world-encompassing perspective, United Nations have prioritized 8 Millennium Development Goals as main problems of the world to focus efforts on. www.un.org/milenniumgoals. Maybe this can inspire or guide your choice of goals, at world, national or local level.
    All the best in your choices,
    Anca S.

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