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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: My highest obligation is to be who I was born to be. I could have been born in any age, and in any country, but I am where I am, and I am here now, not fifty years ago, but today! It could be chance, but I choose to believe that I am relevant to this age. I choose to believe that this moment in time requires my presence, for some reason, no matter how small. Living each day with grace and dignity, and unpacking the mystery of who I am and why I am, is the best gift I could give myself and my generation.
    • Sep 16 2013: You don't find that horridly arrogant and condescending to those with less luck? Take that to the woman who spent three decades in a basement in Austria and her teenage children who had never seen the light of day. Take it to the people who are doing the same thing RIGHT NOW who will never escape and whose tormentors will never be caught. Several people, right now, are wasting away in some psychopaths basement in almost incomprehensible unhappiness and will die in that basement. You brush off their suffering with some nebulous cosmic purpose and fancy yourself in your blissful ignorance. A large portion of humanity is in misery and you glibly and sycophantically pretend the best gift you can give them is unpacking the mystery of who you are. It's despicable.
    • Sam B

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      Sep 16 2013: You could've been born in a backwards country where you'd be sold at 6 years old into prostitution!
      You could've been born into a poor african country and die from starvation,
      You could've been born into some tribe that would cut out your body parts!

      I don't know how can someone be so selfish, just look at what you wrote, every sentence is a "I" and "my" and "myself".

      It is because people think like you that there is so much misery and poverty in a world where we produce 8 times more than we need and could guarantee a decent living for every human being with only 5% of the wealth!

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