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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 15 2013: While thinking how to reply your question in the best manner, I was also scanning others' replies hereby to your question. Then I bumped into Vicky Chrisikou's reply and I think she gives truly excellent reply to your question. I shall just expand a little what she writes towards the end of her reply.

    It's very important to remember that whenever we contribute something to others, it's ALWAYS first of all for fulfilling our own mental needs. So that one or more things//deeds you give//contribute to others, which make you truly feel fulfilled from inside, truly exhilarated, not because you do them for others, but just because YOU are doing them, THAT one or more matters you should do for others. There's no point in doing something permanently that you do not enjoy, just for the sake of others.

    So actually, I think you should go as deep as possible inside yourself and try to find what are you at your deepest core. There you might find what you truly like to do without expecting for any materialistic reward. If you find it, then if you would find the opportunity and the appropriate circumstances for doing it for others, then it would be the right thing for you to do. Also another very important thing to remember is that this search should be done calmly and not as a result of feeling of obligation, pressure, compulsion or alike.

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