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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 26 2013: David - you haven't looked deep enough.

    Look at your own words. You're looking for oneness and joy (hedonistic objectives) through love.

    If I am truly happy living alone, loving only myself and my life, costing no one anything and leaving no environmental damage the love that you are, I expect eluding to, is irrelevant.

    Admittedly, I couldn't live that way but it doesn't make it wrong or limited.

    Maybe this is ethical hedonism. I haven't given it a name or thought about it in that context though.

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