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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 29 2013: I learned at an early age to develop a certain contentment with my accomplishments. I think you need to learn to be content with your own thoughts. I too feel the need to leave something behind. That's not the goal though. The goal is to be better. If people recognize you then that is simply an achievement. You can't start with a general purpose and fill in the blanks...that's lazy.

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