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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: A quote, a story, and GreatestGoodGreatestNumber.com/org/us awaiting codevelopers/designers to bring it to life:

    The quote: "When i give food to the poor, the call me a saint. But when i ask, why are there poor people, they call me a communist."--Bishop Dom Helder (the great Brazilian bishop the US backed Brazilian military tried to assasinate

    The story, differentiating radical from conventional philanthropy (& all other symptom-treating-activity):

    There is this river going through a tribe's village. One day the women, washing their clothes begin seeing many people floating by drowning...so many. A few courageous women jump in and save one or two every day or so. Then the elders call a meeting and form a courageous group to go up to the SOURCE to see who is pushing these people into the river to STOP it.

    Almost 80% of Americans now know the source is corporate & individual greed--the one percent, the greatest income inequality since 1928 (see the new Robt Reich movie coming out, "Inequality for All.") The solutions--going to the source-- have long been known (but kept by corporate media out of public knowledge): Public funding of elections, eliminating corporate personhood, & stopping electronic voting (how Bush stole 2004 and Romney almost stole 2012, if it was not for Anonymous).

    The app or site: I bought GreatestGoodGreatestNumber.com/us/org to help people figure out what strategy will do the greatest good for the greatest number, especially since by most scientific estimates we have only about 15 years to stop the use of fossil fuels (See Do the Math, the movie). In other words, we are the last generations, the only generations in the history of our species with the unique opportunity & obligation to save civilization including almost al animal and plant and ocean life as we know it. What can give clearer direction to our mission, scientifically speaking than that!? All i need is a couple coders, designer, project manager, & digital mktg/SM director,fundr
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      Sep 14 2013: It was not the Us who backed the Military Regeme in Brazil Gary. It was the Republicans, a small protion of our people, who happened to be in power at the time. The great thing about the US is that when you have a bad ruling government, it can only last for four years, then we get rid of it.

      Not many countries have the sort of built in power control.

      In our individual lives, we sometime do things we are not proud of or think was the right thing at the time. Communism, at that time was not true communism. It was a form of communism, being pushed on the rest of the world by the Soviet Union, and, in some part, Communist China, Cuba, etc.

      The part the Bishop spoke to was the pure form, which did not exist on the earth at that time. He was a victim of the world ideology, At no time did the US order his death. It just goes to show that no matter what political order you try to support or help, the bad influences still remain to do damage. You gain some, you lose some, but you always try to gain more than you lose.

      It is the same situation that your generation is presented with. I hope, you and your friends can do a better job. But, if you want to, you better get hopping. Time goes by very fast and then, you at the end of your life, looking back at what you could have done.

      Waste not, want not, so they say.
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        Sep 15 2013: Well, John, the US never opposed the Brazilian military governments, no matter which US party had power. The military dictatorships existed from 1930 to 1954, and were not opposed by Wilson, Roosevelt, Truman or Eisenhower. Again from 1965 to '85 they were not opposed by Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, or Reagan. They were treated as the legal government of Brazil - thus not opposed, thus "supported" because they opposed communism - by both Democrat and Republican presidents and Congresses. You're making a partisan issue out of something that has been a consistent US policy through congresses and administrations of both parties. Also, the Republicans are not a "small portion" of the US, but about 50 percent, and when they elect a president they are a majority. (I'm not a Republican but I believe in stating the truth.)

        By the way, there is, of course, no such thing as "true communism." That was a fantasy of Marx, Lenin, et al., based on the ridiculous notion that human beings could be genetically reprogrammed to lose their self-interest and be altruistic, which was necessary for communism to work. And so it didn't.
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          Sep 16 2013: We, with World War II and Korea, we had a lot on our plate at the time Paul. You would think the Brazilians could handle their own problems. Most of the CIA work was focused in the Middle East, dealing with the Soviet Union. All of this was new to most of the agencies. It was a learning experience. Still, the Brazilians could had handled it themselves is the hadn't been so backwards and corrupt. it's hard for anyone to fathom out the bad from the good in those types of situations.

          That's the real skinny on the situation and it hasn't changed too much since then. If people would get their act together and take care of their own problems, we wouldn't have to police the world.

          Don't blame us. blame yourselves.

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