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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: Comparing Maslov's hierarchy of needs and your description about yourself, it looks all your needs are met, except the last i.e. self-actualization. This term is important because if you want to be satisfied, then the process is from inside (your heart) to outside (world). However, when someone else will suggest you something, he/she will say about world and his/ser heart. Though there are chances that one of these suggestions will touch your heart too, its not very likely. Now, if you get such suggestion here - well and good. If not, I have three words that may help you in finding one yourself.

    1. Lack - Look into your life. If you feel that you lacked something you may like to help others get it. Example - A person who lacked good education would want to open a school or improve education system to ensure good education for others. This is a way of completing yourself.

    2. Like - Look inside yourself. If you like something, you can use it to help others. Example - Some musician perform in a fundraiser event or for army units. Its a way of expanding yourself.

    3. Connection - Look around you. If you see something to which you instantly get connected, you would like to do something for it. Example - If you see a news of violence against women and instantly feel - 'Oh! this must be changed' then, thats your path. Its a way of realising that your identity is beyond you physical self.

    Hope this is helpful :)

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