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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: I believe that our obligation to society is to try to be the best person that we are capable of being, following whatever path is most meaningful for us, that causes no intentional harm to others. For me, this path has been teaching and education. My obligation to myself and to the young people I work with is to be the absolute best teacher I'm capable of. And this is true for any role we play - we need to aim to be the best we are capable of being at everything we choose to take our time doing. It is when we give of ourselves, and the best our selves have to offer, that we have fulfilled our obligations as human beings.

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