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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 22 2013: Hi Rebecca,

    Your first and foremost obligation is to your self and your own life. What does that mean? Well my conclusion is...... to live as many happy days as you can with out creating or leaving a negative impact. Sort of modernism in nature.

    A monkey in a tree on one side of the world has no obligation to a monkey in a tree on the other side of the world.

    OK, we're not monkeys, well we're special monkeys.

    Most of us do have an obligation to family, I think. Family provides a positive contribution for most of us individually and this deserves a contribution in return. The bottom line though is..... if it doesn't make you happy don't go there. If the world was full of unhappy people trying to do something for every one else it would be a disaster. If you are neutral in global cost and live a happy life, you have lived a successful and positive life.

    If you need a Ferrari to be happy, bad luck, you'll have to work hard to get it. If you need to solve the world's problems in order to be satisfied with your own contribution - bad luck its going to be a long hard road.

    Pay your way, leave no negative impact, try to be balanced, and the small positive contributions you make will be rewarding for all.
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      Sep 25 2013: You have just rewritten the definition of hedonist. You forgot about love, the route to oneness and joy.

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