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Afshin Rohani

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Are the Youth of today Writing the Future?

After viewing this TEXYouth day talk:


I'm compelled to ask who is really writing the future? If youth are the spearhead of change, then what can they do to fulfil their responsibility?


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  • Jan 14 2014: Think about this: The only reason there was a past, is because there was a "now" moment that people lived in and accomplished things. The only reason there might be a future, is because there is a "now" moment that people are using to accomplish things. When you think about it, the future and the past don't exist, the only thing that does is the "now" moment.

    Who's writing the future? Every single living person is writing the future. Our thoughts create our reality and the world we live in., and not the other way around. You are all that there is to be, so therefore by being, you leave a mark on reality. Even the little South African gold mine worker can write history by just being a gold miner; he's part of a workforce that pushes the gold for the world, if he wasn't there, that's one less person to work the mine, meaning less labor power, slower production. By just being there, also, he can be photographed by another person (who's being), and have his portrait shown to the world and expose the conditions of labor where he comes from (sparking the mind of viewers worldwide, creating new thoughts that they might work on, to, in their turn, affect the world one way or another. Maybe by creating projects, or starting movements, that, in their turn spark other minds to do other things that affect reality on a grand scale). It's a chain reaction proving that we're all connected by our minds, and we're all one.

    Imagine if Martin Luther King Jr never had a dream? Or Gandhi took arms instead peace? Or if Hitler had thought slightly differently? I know these are men who had a bigger platform to act, but still, just imagine if they had thought slightly differently... The world wouldn't be as it is now. No matter how small or insignificant a person might think of himself, he plays a big part in reality by just existing and being. Some people get inspired by just observing others, imagine if the observer had no one to observe?

    I think I went too deep, but you get the point
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      Jan 15 2014: I absolutely agree with you. A perso can be a hero of the world but before, he was a child. He was brought by his family, shools, society. This society write his future and later, he contributes to write on future of the world. Noone succeeds by himself, even genuis such as Steve Jobs, Bill Gates... So, all of us will write the future.
    • Jan 25 2014: No Jean I think you went just the right amount of depth and your explanation, I believe, was right on. Buddha explained it thousands of years ago like this:
      "Nirvana is this moment seen directly. There is no where else than here. The only gate is now. The only doorway is your own body and mind. There’s nowhere to go. There’s nothing else to be. There’s no destination. It’s not something to aim for in the afterlife. It’s simply the quality of this moment."
      He also blew big holes in the absurd idea that what we do does not matter, that we can just sprinkle pixy dust and be reborn a different person. "No one saves us but ourselves. We ourselves must walk the path"- Buddha
      Then finally the just as absurd idea that we should be all giving and ignore our our happiness. “You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection”- Buddha
      And finally the Dalai Lama added: "The purpose of our lives is to be happy"

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