Robert Brown

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What necessity, desire or dream do you wish accomplished but seems impossible?

Tell us why this seems impossible to you.


TEDxYouth@Mt.Olive's 2014 theme is Challenge the Impossible. We would like global responses to our question - What do you find impossible?

Our attendees will examine all submissions, devise possible solutions and hopefully develop a tool set for our youth to use when they encounter seemingly impossible situations.

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    Feb 28 2014: The late Beatle John Lennon's dream that our world will live as one seems impossible!

    IMAGINE

    Imagine there's no heaven
    It's easy if you try
    No hell below us
    Above us only sky
    Imagine all the people
    Living for today...

    Imagine there's no countries
    It isn't hard to do
    Nothing to kill or die for
    And no religion too Imagine all the people
    Living life in peace...

    You may say I'm a dreamer
    But I'm not the only one
    I hope someday you'll join us
    And the world will be as one

    Imagine no possessions
    I wonder if you can
    No need for greed or hunger
    A brotherhood of man
    Imagine all the people
    Sharing all the world...

    You may say I'm a dreamer
    But I'm not the only one
    I hope someday you'll join us
    AND THE WORLD WILL LIVE AS ONE.
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      Feb 28 2014: Great song Rodrigo , which I always loved. Seeing this young man sing it brings so much depth to it....if he can believe it is possible, I can believe it is possible.

      http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=KK7GLWNX
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        Mar 1 2014: Hello Colleen,

        I like your hopeful and very optimistic outlook! Wish you the best.
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          Mar 1 2014: Hi Rodrigo, and based on your comments that I have read, I like your outlook as well! In my humble perception and experience, it is more enjoyable then the alternative. Some folks think/feel that living a life that is optimistic and hopeful is impossible. I cannot imagine living the life adventure in any other way.

          You may say I'm a dreamer
          But I'm not the only one
          I hope someday you'll join us
          AND THE WORLD WILL LIVE AS ONE.

          We can look at Emanuel, in the video above, and here is another inspirational person....
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gc4HGQHgeFE

          When we consider the challenges these young people have faced, and their attitude about life, how can we NOT have a hopeful attitude? When I feel like I have challenges in my own life, I observe people like these two young men and It puts things in perspective.

          The best to you too my friend....always.....all ways:>)
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          Mar 19 2014: keep striving for the ideal. we need folk like yourselves.

          but the romantic pessimist in me would like to add:

          "what makes you think you're something special when you smile? you can talk to me, when you're lonely you can talk to me" - Hey Bulldog.

          he was an absolute genius. flawed and beautiful
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          Mar 24 2014: Scott,
          Smiling simply feels better than the alternative, and it is very possible for everyone to feel the warmth of a smile:>)
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          Mar 24 2014: i know that, for sure. but, i like to also acknowledge the low road because we all go through it.

          shake it off and smile when you can but we all hit the doldrums now and then and that's when we need people to help lift us back to the high ground.
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      Mar 19 2014: lennon was a walking contradiction. that's what made him so great (beyond his brilliant songwriting) because he is like all of us.

      i believe in the ideal and it is so. but not yet
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        Mar 19 2014: Hi Scott,

        "Lennon was a walking contradiction ..." Is that what makes Lennon an authentic human being?
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          Mar 22 2014: yes, I think so. he had to shoulder huge expectations (no wonder he thought he was jesus for bit) and he was by no means perfect.

          there's a nice interview with George Harrison on the dvd "living in a material world" where he is asked about john. the interviewer points out he was no saint and george replies with "no, he wasn't...but he was".

          sums him up very well, i think.

          songs like Help! and I'm a Loser reveal a fragile, insecure side to a guy who (at that time) was almost universally adored
    • Mar 22 2014: Imagine how many generations of people this song has influenced and helped direct. Without wonderful, meaningful songs such as this people may not have advanced as quickly.

      And, although we seem far off from achieving Johns' world, I can see we are slowly progressing towards it. Atheism/non-religious population is growing, government is finding it more difficult to recruit soldiers and people overall are becoming more aware. Even if there are agencies covertly trying to achieve an obscured and warped version of a one world scenario, we'll make it to johns' world eventually.
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        Mar 23 2014: Mint, I like your spirit and optimism. Best wishes ...
        • Mar 23 2014: Thanks Rodrigo, it takes one to know one:)

          If a majority of us have enough positive faith that things will work out, then collectively our energies will direct us to a better world situation.
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    Feb 25 2014: Time travel and levitation are two I'm looking forward to
    • Mar 22 2014: Levitation is simple enough, but time travel will need a bit more working.
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    Mar 23 2014: I wish people would recognize that no matter whose fault something is, blaming others is not going to solve their problems, but setting aside their conflicts to work together will.
    • Mar 23 2014: Adrian,

      I sort of agree that no matter whose fault something is, blaming someone is not going to resolve the situation for what individuals need to concentrate an center on dealing with the situation once and for all. The thing is that some seek to maintain the conflicts rather than seeking to work together; setting aside their conflicts to work together will likely perpetuate the existence of conflicts. Better to just deal with the conflicts once and for all resolve them and focus on better things to do. How we do that? now there is where the fundamental key to most issues resides.

      I think that a fundamental piece involves the framing and stories employed. how we get everyone to embrace only the better stories and possibilities? now there is where the fundamental key to most issues resides… maybe it has to do with recognizing the possibilities and then consciously choosing to cultivate them better ways. I like to say that to be or not to be isn't the question, the question be how to be… in other words to cultivate or not to cultivate this or that isn't the question it's how to cultivate each one. some possibilities better remain as such, as just possibilities.
  • Mar 21 2014: To find and understand the TRUTH.
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      Mar 23 2014: The truth is that the truth may never be evident, because there are so many conflicting ideas of what is true, but I love your dream, and have it myself as well.
      • Mar 23 2014: Hannah,

        The truth may be rather evident when one knows the truth :-) Yes there are so many conflicting ideas of what is true and when one knows the truth one can tell which ideas are in line with it and which are in opposition to it. When one knows a lie one can't tell much about other ideas being in line with the truth. I prefer to know one right way than many wrong ways. Of course when one knows where one be where one ought to be and the alternate ways to get to where one ought to be infinite possibilities open up.

        For some the real challenge involves accepting the truth. I used to get into debates seeking to prove this or that… till I realized that the feuding throughout the world was more about passing the buck than dealing with the cards. The proof of a statement does not change the validity of the statement. In other words the individual is innocent or guilty with or without proof of their condition. Just because one can not make the case and prove something does not change the facts of something and of who did what.

        I think you choose to believe that the truth may never be evident. I choose to believe that the truth is always evident to them who know the truth of the matter. BTW holding what you hold will lead to not seeking to know the truth of the matter.
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        Mar 23 2014: Hannah, never let anyone discourage you from your learning mindset and your open-mindedness.
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          Mar 23 2014: Thank you for the advice. I don't plan to. I believe that there is a connection between everything if you take the time to find it
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    Mar 4 2014: To experience every culture by immersion... this would enlighten me, at the same time I would see the whole world. sigh.... what a dream.
    Cheers
  • Mar 3 2014: Check the web in about 6 months and you will see a the world setting sail towards something big.
    Project is called Cpt.Free - Navigating the heart of humanity.
    TED made it possible. Nothing is too big and remember to never give up!

    “I am a sailor, you're my first mate
    We signed on together, we coupled our fate
    Hauled up our anchor, determined not to fail
    For the heart's treasure, together we set sail
    With no maps to guide us, we steered our own course
    Rode out the storms when the winds were gale force
    Sat out the doldrums in patience and hope
    Working together, we learned how to cope.
    Life is an ocean and love it a boat
    In troubled waters it keeps us afloat
    When we started the voyage there was just me and you
    Now gathered round us we have our own crew
    Together we're in this relationship
    We built it with care to last the whole trip
    Our true destination's not marked on any chart
    We're navigating the shores of the heart”
    ― John McDermott
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    Mar 23 2014: To prove God using science so that this ever so popular debate that is feuding throughout the world can finally end.
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    Mar 22 2014: Esteban and Fritzie, let me add this, it is your mind that controls immunity and in that regard, the ability to control immunity is matter of fact not belief. Belief can lead to a placebo effect but placebo is 99 out 100 time only temporary and not even worth the energy in my opinion/belief. :)
    • Mar 22 2014: From a practical point of view what does an individuals with the inability do to get the ability. I think that beliefs, dogmas, faith, hopes, dreams, stories may serve as bridges to matters of fact. (of course they can also keep one from getting there) Belief can lead to an understanding of the experiences without replacing the actual experience.
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    Mar 18 2014: Interesting way to put it in terms of symmetry. Sometimes I try to imagine what it would be like if this prospect was actually achieved. Even as I was writing my comment to this post I was considering whether I actually wanted to write it because although what I say in it appears to be a huge drive and passion in my life, I also understand that it may be hard to live in a world where the synergy and symmetry in opinions and goals is so strong that as an individual we would have nothing to be individually passionate about. This in itself is something that I think is a shared passion among everybody, the fact that we need something to strive for. Although we are all trying to share our opinions with people in order to convince them of our thoughts, we would probably not enjoy a life where everyone did think the same as us. We still pursue this endeavor, though, because with the sheer enormity and diversity of the human race it is hard to imagine that we will ever make it to that point.
    I think that, at least for me, it is hard to imagine what exactly is causing me to want to make changes in the world besides the fact that it gives me something to be passionate about and I enjoy having something to pursue that is greater than myself.
    Even though it is pretty much impossible to create a perfect world, it is quite helpful, in order to make this world not perfect but better, to have passion that is so strong that you almost believe that this prospect is possible.
    We as humans seem to have a strange ability to never give up trying even when we know that perfection is impossible. This has carried us a long way.
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    Mar 13 2014: Directing the majority of the people in the world to share some very important goals for the future of our world.
    I think that there are many things in this world that should easily be changed for the better if we could all just have common interest in getting the job done. Take for example the energy crisis and climate change. If everyone just understood how important it is for our future to start making big and small changes today and if everyone just cared more about what matters most (our home: the Earth and the universe and our prosperity and happiness as a species and community), then it would be a lot easier to create a sort of synergy among every aspect of our environment as far out as we can imagine our environment to exist.
    • Mar 13 2014: Rachel,

      I like to use 'prisoner's dilemma' to exemplify the situation (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prisoner's_dilemma ) with a personal unique touch that included the cost of being good and the higher cost of being evil.

      The key thing for me involves the asymmetric relationship of being evil interacting with the symmetric relationship of being good. In the symmetric relationship each pays for their own costs, where as in the asymmetric relationship others pay for ones costs. as you sort of implied, IF everyone did what ought to be done we would be in the best scenario. In fact whenever someone does what they ought to do, the outcome ends up in the best possible scenario. The thing is that when someone does not do what ought to be done they induce and change the best possible scenario; this leads into a transformational kink that may shift the focal issue from choosing what ought to be done based on what ought to be done to seeking symmetry through asymmetry. In other words originally it was about reaching symmetry through each individual choosing to be good; where as latter it was about choosing to be like the other, who chose the asymmetric way. This kink in the resulting system involves choosing to be good and accept the asymmetry the other established or choosing to restore the symmetry with the other by also choosing to be bad. This presents a rather interesting conundrum that requires realizing that choosing whats in it for me ought to include a bunch of stuff that may even be related to what's in it for others!

      I agree of the vital importance to understand how important it is for our future to make big and small changes today. As you said : "if everyone just cared more about what matters most (our home: the Earth and the universe and our prosperity and happiness as a species and community), then it would be a lot easier to create a sort of synergy among every aspect of our environment as far out as we can imagine our environment to exist" and beyond.
  • Feb 27 2014: For everyone to willingly listen and follow-through with the murmuring voice of what ought to be done as it ought to be done when it ought to be done.

    This includes getting someone to change and choose what ought to be chosen, when they have made up their mind and chosen something else. In other words, get everyone to consider the possibilities and recognize the better one as the better one. In a slightly different form this may involve getting 'the losers' to admit that they have lost the debate (or others have actually won it), especially when they insist on debating on the issue seeking to accomplish the impossible (some may even have realized that they lost the debate and that it's impossible to win it, still they will rather perpetuate the debate/race/game indefinitely rather than just concede and accept the obvious winner). Think of it as a competition with winner-looser prizes at the end of the race/game; where some choose to prolong the race/game indefinitely so as to not get the their prize and by that action even keep the others from enjoying their prizes and moving on to better stuff. If the race last until everyone has crossed the finish line, or the game extends as long as someone insists on playing it THEN getting everyone to willingly listen and follow-through with the murmuring voice of what ought to be done as it ought to be done when it ought to be done seems practically impossible.

    So what possible devices tools sets can individuals employ to get everyone to willingly agree on a particular matter? How do we get everyone to cross the finish line, end the game and move on as winners?

    One way for everyone to win is to get everyone to cross the finish line at the same instant.

    In principle whomever wins wins, and everyone recognizes the winner.
    In practice there may be those who refuse to recognize the winner unless it is themselves (and for that to happen may involve them changing to recognize the truth of the matter and followthrough)
    • Feb 28 2014: Neither overestimate yourself , nor underestimate others.
      Neither overestimate the winners, nor underestimate the losers,
      One who is winner may become loser tomorrow,
      One who is loser today may become winner tomorrow,

      Past history and current History is full examples.

      Last year I read about an experiment conducted by a scientist in some far away village of Africa.

      The scientist asked the kids of the village that who soever goes to that set point by running fast will get chocolates. Instead of separately running and competing with each other , the kids joined hands together and they all ran together towards the set point. And all of them reached the point together.

      The scientist gave them the chocolate and said , that if any one of you could have reached first to the point then that person could have got all the chocolates, and he could have been more happy with it.

      The kids then replied that if any one of us would have reached the set point , then only he could have been the winner while the others would have been the losers.

      How could that person would have felt happy when his other fellow friends would have been unhappy.

      Now, Although we all us have got less chocolate, but it gives more happiness to see when everyone has the chocolate and everyone is happy.
      • Feb 28 2014: :-) :-)

        Indeed, I just have one question/comment related to an implicit embedded notion in that particular description... that sort of shifts the ploy ...

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        Please understand that I like, enjoy almost to an obsession looking at them stories for subtle nuances that could allow creeping notions to influence and interfere; and then figure out a quirk (in the early sense of the noun - subtle verbal twist) that covers or changes the nuance and makes it into a strong feature.
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        Anyways back to what I was going to point out. The fact that someone gets first to the point and gets all the chocolates hardly precludes them safeguarding the chocolates to ensure everyone gets some. Also note that the scientists statement "who soever goes to that set point by running fast will get chocolates" involves a claim which will be proven veridic or otherwise only upon the arrival of the last kid at the set point and the delivery of the chocolate to every one who arrived there. On a broader scale the statement is about those who get there, and is rather mute about getting chocolates without ever arriving at the point.

        In response to the interrogative " How could the person who got to the point feel happy when his other fellow friends are still struggling, suffering unhappily running towards the point"? Well the person knows that when someone gets there they will enjoy the chocolate, The persons also knows that his real fellow friends will rejoice at the attainment of the objective by someone. Keep in mind that the underlying sotry-line is about getting there; who get's there first becomes irrelevant when everyone who get there can have all the chocolate they can eat/carry!

        Yes we need to be vigilant to ensure that every choice in the present enables us to keep on going into the future...
        What each chooses to do now determines once and for all the present choice, so better chose right and good for whatever we choose is going to accompany us hereafter... Friends are better...
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    Feb 27 2014: Hello Robert,
    I have not experienced any desire or dream as impossible. Once we label something "impossible", that is exactly what it becomes in our reality, and I wouldn't undermine myself in that way.
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      Feb 27 2014: Hey Colleen,
      I think you nailed it when you said, "in our reality," I hope my attendees can see the world through another youths eyes & understand their barriers / what they think is impossible through the challenge. And just maybe reach out and help.
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        Feb 27 2014: Hey Robert,
        Thanks for the feedback:>)

        It is important for people to believe in themselves, and the belief in oneself starts as children.....or not. It takes encouragement, support, curiosity, enthusiasm and eagerness to learn and grow, which most kids naturally have in themselves. We need to support those qualities in children AND adults and it starts with "BEING" what we want to "SEE" in our world....in my humble perception and experience:>)
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          Feb 27 2014: Agreed. Remember this is a global effort. I expect to see responses gathered from youth that have significant negative generational memory. They may not know or understand what is possible, know how to "BE" when they don't know what could be.
      • Feb 28 2014: Robert...

        For me its much better to know what ought to be ... or even better what one better do to bring what ought to be into being and/or manifest it...

        In other words, some may know how to "BE" without needing to know or understand what is possible... innocent happy lives of the truly savants

        I agree with Colleen ---"It takes encouragement, support, curiosity, enthusiasm and eagerness to learn and grow, which most kids naturally have in themselves. We need to support those qualities in children AND adults and it starts with "BEING" what we want to "SEE" in our world..--- sometimes the beliefs other have placed on us enables us to discover what we can accomplish... so even though it is important for people to believe in themselves... what is important is for people to believe it's actually possible ... even if it may seem rather impossible for it to happen before it happens. From an atemporal perspective before, during, after coexist in the enduring present moment of now... Besides the fact it has never been done before hardly determines that it will never be done. Having said that each needs to be vigilant as to what possibility they choose to embrace and manifest... just because it could be need mean it ought to be ... Some may know and understand what is possible and consciously choose what brings about wellbeing, happiness and joy.
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          Mar 6 2014: Esteban,
          It is fine if you choose to agree with me. However, you are still misrepresenting what I wrote.

          When you quote someone, there needs to be quotation marks on BOTH ends of the quote.

          I wrote...
          "It takes encouragement, support, curiosity, enthusiasm and eagerness to learn and grow, which most kids naturally have in themselves. We need to support those qualities in children AND adults and it starts with "BEING" what we want to "SEE" in our world"

          That is what I wrote, and if you want to quote me, there needs to be quotation marks on BOTH ends of the quote.

          You continued with YOUR "stuff", making it look like it is my words, when it is NOT my words, nor do I agree with what you have written.

          The topic question is,..."What necessity, desire or dream do you wish accomplished but seems impossible?"

          My "desire" and "dream" Esteban, is that you STOP inappropriately using other people's words and comments in an effort to support your personal agenda. You've said several times that you think your ongoing practice of twisting other people's words and comments is beneficial to a conversation. With that practice, you discredit yourself.
    • Mar 6 2014: Colleen,

      Seems you missed how I used "--" at both ends to delineate what you said, given that using quotation marks would had mixed in with the quotation marks you use.

      I wonder why is it that you disagree with the notion "sometimes the beliefs other have placed on us enables us to discover what we can accomplish… " its been established that 'teacher' expectations of 'students' lead students to perform as expected… if you want, and memory serve me right, I can point to a ted talk on this matter. The 'teacher' better except the student to be outstandingly good rather than something else.

      I find rather peculiar how you dream I would change something when you engage in that something … to be congruent you would change first and only then ask other to change (of course the other alternative is for that one would just not ask others to do something they themselves are unwilling to do themselves). To be clear on this matter I am claiming that you are " inappropriately using other people's words and comments in an effort to support your personal agenda". In particular you are twisting my comment about "twisting the twisted just so it comes out straight". I agree that "...your ongoing practice of twisting other people's words and comments..." "... in an effort to support your personal agenda" isn't beneficial to a conversation. I would much rather engage in a straight direct interchange of ideas where each and everyone just recognizes the truth of the matter and adopts the appropriate notions. For the time being, the truth of the matter is that there are those who choose to reject the truth of the matter claiming there isn't such a thing and instead insist that it's all subjective according to what each things.

      Remember that my seemingly impossible wish dream revolves around finding effective ways to induce a change for the better in those who refuse to change for the better … I see this as an invaluable tool to have for myself and others.
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        Mar 6 2014: I did not miss a thing Esteban. I respectfully continue to ask you NOT to twist, misuse or misquote my words. You simply discredit yourself.

        I DO NOT, in any way engage in YOUR practices of twisting other people's words, misusing, misrepresenting or misquoting other people's statements. I am one who chooses to reject that practice.

        I understand that you would like to change things in others in a way that YOU think is BETTER, and I understand that you believe this to be an invaluable tool to have for yourself. Twisting other people's comments, misquoting, misrepresenting and misusing other people's comments out of context IS NOT in any way a valuable tool Estefan.
        • Mar 6 2014: Colleen,

          If it is true that you didn't miss a thing then its evident how 'You simply discredit yourself'.

          I observed how you engaged in the practice of twisting my words, I had thought it was just something that just happened, now given you statement " I did not miss a thing …" I consider that you do it deliberately… The fact you claim to choose to reject such twisting practice, while doing such practice, further corroborates -- how the statement "You simply discredit yourself" applies to you.

          For the record my position is : would like to change things in each in a way that corresponds to what happens to be BETTER. I realize that you desire to change that to "change things in others in a way that YOU think is BETTER", in a way you are just projecting your position unto me rather than accepting my proposition. I realize that if we make this about what each thinks it's going to be practically impossible to reach agreements… if we make this about what happens to be then negotiated agreements becomes obsolete as each must accept or reject what happens to be. Those fully aware of it, know the implications. If you got it all correctly you realize where you stand. Now its going to be interesting to observe what it is you choose to do: what will you seek to cultivate from this point forward?

          Hope that you at least appropriately recognize each ones position on these matters. Of course I know that will result in a cognitive dissonance for some individual. As I said its going to be interesting to observe what it is individuals choose to: what will each seek to cultivate from this point forward?

          Keep in mind the " http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Emperor's_New_Clothes ". The emperor (and others) could not see the new clothes. Still many pretended for multiple reasons. Even a child could see the truth of the matter. As I said its going to be interesting to observe what it is each choose to do. Many facades are quite transparent. Hiding by closing one eyes isn't hiding!
  • Feb 27 2014: Nope, nothing comes to mind. I pretty much do as I please.
    • Feb 27 2014: What do you do for a living to make that possible?
      • Feb 27 2014: Right now I am retired but to answer your question, what ever is necessary. My formal training was in computers but as usual I am an autodidact. I fix things, anything. I am a bit diversified: accountant, actor, advocate, alcoholic, analyst, architect, artist, author, band leader, businessman, cancer, captain, carpenter, chauffeur, cinematographer, cliff diver, comedian, consultant, contractor, cook, counselor, criminal, critic, demolition, designer, director, driver, educator, efficiency expert, eagle scout, electrician, farmer, father, fisherman, gardener, grower, guitarist, healer, hiker, hunter, husband, hypnotist, inventor, investigator, judo, jujitsu, lecturer, landscaper, lawyer, masseuse, miner, motorcyclist, operator, painter, philosopher, photographer, pilot, priest, programmer, rat(Chinese Astrology), repairer, representative, researcher, sailor, SEO, security, scientist, scuba diver, singer, skier, surfer, systems analyst, systems programmer, traveler, teacher, trainer, vegetarian, vegan, videographer, webmaster, wrestler, writer, yogi. I'm 65 now and starting to feel my mid-life crisis.
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          Feb 27 2014: Is that all you do Keith? There is no doubt time for more:>)
          I LOVE it!
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          Mar 13 2014: I appreciate the alphabetical order of all of the things that make you, you.
          Not to read into it too much, but I couldn't help but think of the irony that exists when we can take such an abstract thing as our sense of self and alphabetize it. Although, I'm sure you and everyone else has much much more to themselves than what is in their alphabetized list.
          I know that I couldn't make a list of everything that I am, good and bad.
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        Feb 27 2014: Hi DeAndre,
        You ask..."What do you do for a living to make that possible?"

        I suggest when we learn to GIVE and RECEIVE with every interaction, we are making a living AND a life all the time:>)

        "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give..."
        (Winston Churchill)
  • Feb 27 2014: Probably you should rephrase your question like : What are the possible things which seems impossible for you to accomplish ?

    For some possible things are impossible and For some impossible things are possible.
    Sometimes Ignorance makes possible things impossible.
    Sometimes lack of knowledge makes possible things impossible.
    Sometimes situation makes possible things impossible.
    Sometimes out of control things makes possible things impossible.
    Sometimes ecosystem of the place makes possible things impossible.

    I am curious to know that how the attendees will devise possible solutions without properly understanding and comprehending that what makes impossible as impossible.

    Why not send the Astronauts into space and into the Mars planet without space suit. Just give them only one Mantra "Think Positive", or give them just couple of motivational books .

    So, that whenever they need oxygen they will think positive.
    S0,that whenever they will need food they will think positive. Byt, just thinking positive they can also procreate life on mars and even survive.

    Unconditional Love is impossible. So, what is the solution ? What electronic device will be invented so that everyone should get unconditional love or create unconditional love....
    • Feb 27 2014: :-) :-)

      Is Unconditional Love actually impossible? The solution is rather simple each always choose pro wellbeing ... BTW If you truly believe it then yea where there is a will there is a way... of course just one doubtful erroneous thought can annihilate it all... and one faithful appropriate thought can recreate it all... in fact given that the doubtful erroneous thoughts annihilate and the faithful appropriate thought create... can you guess which will continue to exists forevermore?
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    Feb 25 2014: Consistently treating others as we want to be treated
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    Feb 25 2014: Will you also have your attendees submit in advance their dreams that they believe might be impossible for them? That might be a highly productive exercise for young people.

    Here you might get long lists of things that really are impossible.

    Meanwhile, here are lots of TEDx talks on your very theme! http://www.youtube.com/user/TEDxTalks/search?query=impossible
  • Feb 25 2014: Create or destroy energy.

    Stop the sun from rising/setting.

    Make it rain to alleviate drought/stop raining to alleviate flooding.

    Draw a rectangular triangle.

    Unlock an unlocked door.

    Visit another solar system.

    Take both paths from the proverbial fork in the road.

    Invent the infinite improbability drive.

    Truly comprehend how truly insignificant I am compared to the immensity of the universe.
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      Mar 13 2014: Intersesting. Could you be truly comprehending how truly insignificant you are compared to the immensity of the universe just by recognizing how difficult it is to truly comprehend this? And what does significance matter if we can accept the fact that we may only have the potential to be significant in a very, very, very small fraction of time and space?
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    Mar 24 2014: Let me put it this way Esteban, BELIEF gets in the way of wisdom. I spend at least 80% of my time trying to get people to peel away their beliefs so I can introduce a truth into a context that they can feel compelled to consider.

    If nothing else, TRUTH is not convenient. I gave a scenario to Fritzie here about living in the wilderness. In that scenario truth will become the norm. BELIEF is social thing. We need it as a society but if we want survive as a healthy species we will have to forsake it.

    I also told Fritzie that I question whether or not immunity should be an option today. Maybe we should stick with belief in natural and western medicine to survive socially. Disease helps with the most serious social issues we face today. Maybe it is better to let a sleeping dog lie. Times almost up with this conversation. I think we have hashed it out pretty good. Short of me meeting you face to face, there isn't much more I can offer. Gaining immunity to disease is the only thing that can effect an individual enough to make them truly understand the destructiveness of belief. Without it we simply just tread water till we die of disease.
    • Mar 24 2014: Yea time is almost gone… well at least here … in other domains time will be there :-)

      Some beliefs can be quite destructive… and some can be quite constructive. I prefer the latter :-)

      In the whole scheme of things only the constructive will actually remain.

      BTW I do hear what you say about spending so much time over hashing out beliefs.

      Maybe we can find a better way.

      talk to you in other places
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    Mar 24 2014: Yes, my problem is I trash today's natural medicine as much or more than western medicine. I rub everyone the wrong way.

    What I want to do is meet people face to face and give them what they need to be immune but as we already established that is very close to self-promotion. If I could train another person who will speak out and speak up I could and would promote them but I seem to be the only one with that kind of thick skin. Others cannot take the abuse one will take when they completely contradict all medicine, especially natural medicine. I have said it before, it is OK to trash a medicine as long as you accept the other socially acceptable model. It's OK to trash western as long as you support today's equally failing natural medicine. It is unacceptable socially to trash them both.

    I need to train someone like you are Esteban and see if you have skin as thick as mine. I don't know how old either of you are but I suspect you have youth on your sides. I can only imagine what it would be like not to be a one man show. There is no money in it, just immunity.

    Some of the people I have trained thought they would be able to market immunity better but they learned otherwise. I have asked Ted if I could do a talk but in the form they ask for other talks and credits. I'm a one man show and if Ted is not open to letting me do a video talk no one will.

    By the way, this conversation is closing in 34 minutes.
    • Mar 24 2014: YOU can do that without the face to face interaction… you will learn how to do that shortly.
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    Mar 24 2014: Before we can re-introduce immunity into the world we have to work out a plan for population control. That's an UGLY truth. We may already have to much population to even consider introducing immunity.

    I think the medical industry is like the second or third largest industry in the world and we have to have a plan for all the misplaced careers.

    This is the ugly truth and when I spell it out like this, I begin to question whether I should just keep my mouth shut. Who am I to pull the rug out from everyone?

    I think the only thing that can save us is if the Bible is true and Jesus Christ is going to return and clean up the mess we have made. I will only believe it if I see it. I can't imagine any other way to save us.
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      Mar 24 2014: Let's say people are quite willing to accept, as many do, that their own immune systems are strong enough to deal with most of the challenges to their good health.

      Is there something you would like to share here with people willing to accept this position? I think you will reach more people if you focus on this idea.

      I think the criticisms of big pharma, over-prescription of antibiotics, and so forth are pretty much preaching to the choir rather than a new idea. While some people are into natural medicines, most people around here are skeptical about health claims for natural medicine.

      I suggest, if you want people to listen to what you have to offer, that you focus on what you have to offer rather than on what other health/therapeutic avenues do not offer.

      I don't think you are going to convince Esteban that he does not know the Truth or that he will be convinced that you do know the Truth as something different from what he accepts/knows. You might consider moving on from that.
      • Mar 24 2014: Its not about convincing each other of the truth its about showing it and letting individuals embrace it or reject it… something different from what I accept/ know isn't the issue it is if that's actually a true thing… especially when individuals relay on what they choose to believe to determine what happens to be.
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    Mar 24 2014: Yes Fritzie, and that is the problem today. No one gets to wrap their hands around the truth anymore. We are expected to accept things as truth based solely on hearsay trumped up as credible because of credentials. A lot of the great minds have thwarted by modern spin, as was one time effective natural medicine. Society learned that brilliant minds are a threat to society and the spinning of beliefs have muddied the water so that brilliance is no longer appreciated, it just has to sound good.

    It was not easy for me to sacrifice my beliefs. Now I say "show me". Of course now that I have immunity to disease I don't have a whole lot of concerns. I accept the fact that I cannot get the powers that be to lower the price of gas so I can have more freedom to travel. I accept the fact that politicians have no obligation to make my life better. Knowing these things allows me to make better use of what I do have control over. When I get a buck I spend it more wisely.

    I would like to "believe" things will get better but I see no evidence or proof that suggest it has a chance, especially if all people are willing to do is debate their beliefs instead of going for the kill. Truth will kill any debate.

    "Beliefs" consume a HUGE portion of our thought processes. I suspect as much as 90% of society's mental processing. 90% dedicated to plugging popular beliefs that can never come to fruition because they are BELIEFS. Santa Clause will never be a real person no matter how many kids believe.

    There will be no improvements in humanity until we shed our beliefs. If I could get people to at least appreciate the idea of being naturally immune to disease as nature intended then maybe people could take the steps to be immune. Once natural immunity is re-established things will change out of necessity. Mass immunity is the only thing that can improve humanity and make a change.
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    Mar 24 2014: Esteban, if the truth was not ugly you would be immune to disease right now. I don't know exactly why truth is so ugly but I know BELIEF is a big part of the problem. "Belief" is whatever you want it to be, truth just is.

    I know you are under the impression you are familiar with "truth" but I am sorry to point out that you are not. Now tell me that me telling you that you are not familiar with truth is not "UGLY".

    You are a 'romantic' Esteban. I was once myself. I "BELIEVED" there was good in the world but now I know that there is only good in people and the world will never be good. The world has NO use for truth because truth destroys the world.

    I am not a religious person but I do find it interesting how most religions teach that the "world" is wrong. I do not believe in the bible but I do recognize the wisdom of some of it.

    Esteban, it is an "either or", you can have belief or you can have wisdom. You cannot have both.

    Your whole comment is based on your BELIEFS and as such it becomes a debate. Ted is based on BELIEF. It is what keeps Ted interesting. It keeps people talking. Truth ends all discussion. We are only talking about immunity now because you don't have it, if you had it we wouldn't be talking about it. Instead you talk about your BELIEFS in regards to your health and the health of others. Immunity makes you BELIEFS moot.

    You like EFT because it meshes with how you like to BELIEVE. They designed it to do just that. It tells you what you want to hear, if it told you what you needed to hear you would not like it.

    OK, truth is not ugly but you do hate it as do the masses. You prefer EFT which has nothing to do with truth.

    EFT is a complicated mess of beliefs as are your comments. It's a fascinating mess which creates a challenge for you and you like the challenge. It's a waste of time nonetheless.

    Immunity involves simplicity not transformational dynamic. EFT has made it complicated & impossible.
    • Mar 24 2014: David,

      Sure I can tell you what you asked me to tell you :-) using slightly different word:
      --- you telling me that I am not familiar with truth is not "UGLY"
      That is what you sort of asked me to tell you. Of course the veracity of what you claimed to be depends on what you claimed to be, what happens to be and the correspondence between the two.

      BTW what if I choose my believe to be according what what be the truth?
      That is considering :
      - "Belief" is whatever you want it to be",
      - truth just is

      What if what i choose my beliefs to be according to what the truth that be?
      It would be both my belief and the truth…

      BTW you may be --- under the impression you are familiar with "truth" --- and are telling me what you need to know!
      Personally I realize that I too may be --- under the impression of this or that --- and ultimately its quite irrelevant for to me be it real or be it a dream I always seek the better way. Is it actually true that the world will never be good? That's akin to saying that the truth can choose to be good or choose to be bad … the truth simple be the truth! The world be the world. Truth neither destroys the world nor creates it… it merely describes what be according to what be.

      Why do you insist that it is an "either or", one can have belief or one can have wisdom? Some can have them both! Maybe you find it interesting how some religions teach that the "world" is wrong… because you believe in that The world has NO use for truth and believe that truth destroys the world.

      I wonder if my whole comment is based on just someone BELIEFS and as such it becomes a debate… why is that? Could it be a dialogue? an enriching conversation? I have noticed how truth sort of ends discussions: one either accepts the facts or rejects them. We are talking about immunity now because we choose to talk about it. Even if we had it we may still be talking about it for others to read. Why do you project assumptions about what I would do if you told the truth?
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    Mar 24 2014: Excellent point Fritzie. I have made the point of stating here that BELIEF can only be debated. We our fed our beliefs because beliefs work like a chew toy for dogs, it is something the powers that be give us to distract us.

    Here is my explanation for BELIEF and I am sure those who cherish belief will argue but here goes, take a person and give them a few iron hand tools and drop them off in the wilderness to survive by themselves. Like you said. there will be no other person to force beliefs onto. In this situation a person will get all kinds of IDEAS not beliefs. He will get an idea about how to trap a beaver and if he doesn't succeed he will change his idea over and over until he succeeds. He will learn to survive by trial and error and if he tries to believe in something proven to fail he will not survive.

    Our artificial lives have little need of hard core facts. Society functions better on beliefs. But if we were removed from society we would have no use for beliefs. We would be once again on a fact finding mission.

    I came down on Esteban here about modern natural medicine modalities. If you and I were dropped out in the wilderness to survive you and I would survive just fine. Even if we were too primitive to communicate verbally our immune system wouldn't care. No pictures no words. Granted if I am teaching someone I do speak and use video but only as a reminder to take a person back to a point were they experienced the "electrochemical" signal that prompted the body to adjust.

    If I start adding BELIEFS to what I do and offer now I will start sliding down the slippery slope and like today, my work would soon become an INEFFECTIVE modality instead of matter of fact science. I have made those mistakes in the past and I have learned from them.

    We put way too much emphasis on culture and social behavior forever clouding the truth.

    Belief is the worst thing that has ever happened to humanity. Ideas are great but popular beliefs are WRONG.
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      Mar 24 2014: It is true that many popular beliefs are probably wrong. It is also unlikely that any of us is without any belief in the sense of being unwilling to take action, or not, based on things we have not proved indisputably for ourselves.

      Some people will believe that another person who has done some inquiry is a person of impeccable integrity and therefore accept and act on his advice. Some people will believe a person of science, some a spiritual leader, some a trusted friend, some a philosopher writing a couple of thousand years ago... not necessarily because they are totally abdicating their option to think and experiment for themselves but because they do not have the time/skill/resources to conduct thorough investigations in all areas for themselves and the words these sources offer "ring true" based on the dispositions and biases that are theirs.

      Daniel Kahneman would say we select our experts and evidence based on our cognitive biases even if we are aware that that is what we are doing.
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    Mar 24 2014: Now we are getting to the point Esteban, there can be no real healing as long as EFT is "believed" in. You almost had me convinced that there was a place for "belief" but your comment on "emotional freedom technique EFT: proved there is no place for "belief".

    It's your road and you will travel it the way you see fit but I assure you the days of effective natural medicine is LONG over mostly because of gimmicks like EFT. I know all about it and it has been around a while. The only healing that can possible take place though EFT is the same healing I use (the immune system), I just do not trash the truth by creating a destructive modality such as EFT. EFT is 100% placebo and no more consistent than any other modern modality.

    I understand you and the masses want a really cool reason to "BELIEVE" in real immunity. You would like to see me with a site like EFT but true healing and BELIEF do not exist together.

    As long as you believe in EFT and all the other gimmick modalities you will not understand real immunity. You have fallen for one of thousands of popular gimmicks and as long as these gimmicks set your standards of what you want to hear about health the truth will always rub you the wrong way.

    You missed the days of quality natural medicine. That boat has sailed and will never be back. There are thousands of gimmick but popular modalities out there but not one can offer any consistent healing and each one, especially EFT is in the way of you ever enjoying real immunity.

    With EFT you have a 2% chance of healing because you are relying placebo, essentially trying to trick the body into healing, with what I do you use real science and you command the body to adjust and heal. EFT is placebo and my work is matter of fact.

    Your dilemma of how to get individuals to become better can only be achieved by getting people to dismiss their beliefs and search out what is real. It's a long road.
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    Mar 22 2014: Esteban, it will get harder and harder every day to gain the ability to control immunity. Healing through natural medicine is becoming non-existent so there is no one in the that industry to turn to.

    That leaves meeting me in person unless you want to go to Argentina and meet Hector. Hector is the only other person I have trained who has been able to comprehend what he was learning, at least as far as what is comprehensible. No one will know what takes place when a person takes charge of their immunity, they will simply be able to enjoy the results. People always want to know how which is what you guys are driving at here but the how will never be knows because we are not that smart. Our subconscious mind is genius but we are all limited consciously. Hector and myself have the ability to control our immune systems but because it is done within and cannot be observed or measured we accept the results as reward enough.

    The whole industry of natural medicine is developed through conjuring up marketable explanations for what the body does all by itself. Society has gotten totally wrapped up in the marketable explanations and the action is now lost. People put explanations a higher priority than results, that is a sad truth.

    I can assure you, most reading our dialogue here are going insane waiting for an explanation they can wrap their heads around but there will be none. If you want to be immune to disease you have no choice but to do it. It is a thing of action, no explanation needed. The best explanation I can give is "get our of your bodies way and let it do it." I was never meant to teach people to subconsciously regain immunity, but as far as I know I am the only person left who can or will. Most everyone else has to have a monetary reason to learn what I can teach or offer and I cannot give them that. Lots of people get immunity through my help but they won't learn it.
    • Mar 23 2014: David,

      I am sure that some reading our dialogue here will think all sort of things and wonder why we choose to invest our time in what may seem to them as mumbo jumbo. Suffice it to state that we do it because we choose to do it and find it rewarding enough to do. When others find something valuable its and added bonus reward. I think you realize that we are basically side by side even though we may also be in different places. I have my doubts about that prophecy and conjure that asserts 'it will get harder and harder every day to gain the ability to control immunity'. I see many moving towards Healing through natural medicine and energetic medicine (look into emotional freedom technique EFT http://www.emofree.com ). Even if here is no one in the industry to turn to one can turn within get out of the way and let what ought to happen happen.

      Please realize that some will know what takes place when a person takes charge of their immunity, beliefs, thoughts feeling action, and appreciate bing able to enjoy the results. As you sort of said people always want to know though it works even thought some are just interested in the fact it work and a superficial understanding of what be going on. Everyone could know its just that some just don't care to know. Yes our subconscious mind is genius and we guide it through our conscious thoughts, feelings, actions stories beliefs and a bit more. Its vital to feed the mind, body and spirit the appropriate stuff to have the abilities activated. I agree with your assessment that Society has gotten totally wrapped up in the marketable explanations though I think that some individuals retain the action and know how. Yes many people put explanations a higher priority than results, fortunately it only takes one conscious thought to maintain what ought to be maintained. to be immune to disease one has infinite choices on how to do it, some better than others. Like you I face the dilemma of how to get individuals to become better.
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        Mar 24 2014: Esteban I know your intentions are good but until you and everyone else accepts the fact that TRUTH is ugly. Even the truth about gaining real immunity is ugly compared to the propaganda pseudoscience behind EFT.

        If you want immunity to disease you have to prepare yourself for what you do not want to hear. EFT is designed to tell you exactly what you want to hear. The truth will make you immune, EFT will only make you BELIEVE. Which one do you really want and need?

        Gaining real immunity is going to be extremely offensive. Understanding it even more so. BELIEF is the only thing between you and immunity. I'm sorry to be so abrupt. If it were not for the likes of EFT and all the other popular failing modalities you would be immune to disease right now.
        • Mar 24 2014: David,

          Why do you claim that TRUTH is ugly? TRUTH is TRUTH, like it or hate it TRUTH is TRUTH.

          I understand that some only want to hear the truth that is in line with what they think to be and may need to prepare themselves to hear the truth that isn't in line with what they think to be. EFT is but a means to an ends. I like how it 1- recognizes what be and then 2- chooses what to assert and 3-manages to fix certain stuff.

          Again I wonder why it is you insist on linking Gaining real immunity with something offensive… rather than something wonderful. In a way I think that that choice stems from thinking under the influence of certain notions/beliefs/feelings that use you for their propagation. Indeed BELIEF is the only thing between oneself and immunity and is the only thing that bridges the gap. I think that diseased right now stem from what many individuals choose to cultivate, feed and maintain. They could choose better ways though for the time being they are under the influence of what they think to be… Curiously that is also the way out, what each thinks to be and feels, and believes, and does etc… The right belief/thought/feeling/action can bring about a transformation that changes it all and enables one to know the truth of the matter. BTW if my perception is accurate and you recognize the truth of the matter you would concur that what I just states be accurate.

          I observed that you asked "Which one do you really want and need" as if that was an either or situation. Why need it be that way? You probably understand that some things are desired not because one needs them or wants to have them but because one chooses to desire them. The fundamental key involves desiring what ought to be desired as it ought o be desired.

          Finally, I realize that real immunity involves a transformational dynamic of what presently takes place that goes to the heart of the matter of finite temporality rather than the better alternative. Time to make the finite be enduring.
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    Mar 22 2014: I have things I want to do. I want to make the truth about health and healing and human immunity socially acceptable. I think I can do that without having to believing in anything.

    I don't believe in politics or religion. I like what some politics offer and some information found within religion but if I can't touch it or see it I consider it nothing more than an idea.

    This is all new for me, I use to BELIEVE just like you. I use to wade through life picking and choosing what I wanted to believe and then I would commence to persuade or get others to believe the way I did. I told myself all kinds of things.

    Everyone wants peace of mind and most attempt to get peace of mind by choosing to believe a certain way and change when it doesn't last or pan out.

    I can only talk from personal experience, I simplified. The weight lifted off my shoulders is unbelievable. The clarity is vivid my performance has improved. I gained peace of mind. I don't worry about things that cannot be worked out executed as fact.

    Here is the reason why and what makes it easy, having control over my immunity takes away the need for almost all belief. Once you understand that medicine is not science but an industry built around BELIEF/hypothesis to insure failure it frees up a lot of hard drive space so to speak. I guess if I felt an urge to "believe" again I might.
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    Mar 22 2014: Fritzie, on my FB page I give people access to the only scientific ways to improve immunity short of learning to control the immune process on demand. It covers stress, sleep water and a few other things. These steps require no investment and will do more for people health than any medicine today.

    However, to take control of the immune system to achieve efficient consistent immunity one needs to take precise control over the signals the body requires to maintain immunity. In ideal circumstances the immune work becomes involuntary again as it was before we sabotaged it with belief.
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      Mar 23 2014: I agree with you that good habits go a long way when it comes to health.
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        Mar 24 2014: Yes Fritzie good habbits go a long way, but they fall WAY short of natural immunity. We have been debating belief quite a bit but belief also gets in the way of common sense. Belief is what makes things extremely complicated and once it gets so convoluted we miss the common sense, kind of like seeing the forest for the trees.

        It takes two weeks to fully restore the immune system in the average person. A lifetime of good habits will not restore immunity. It will help people be stronger and they will do better but once a condition or disease takes hold and medicine steps in, fear and stress then overtake the good habits.

        Everyone knows the benefit of good habit but no one is obtaining real immunity because no one knows how easy it is to achieve.
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          Mar 24 2014: It does make it difficult if this simple method to which you refer that nobody knows is impossible to share in words or images.

          I think people use the word "belief" differently. One thing I have noticed in conversation is that many people refer to other people's positions as beliefs and their own as truth or facts. This is one reason that it is difficult for people to make sense together of "belief."
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    Mar 22 2014: I think we have a different take on 'belief'. I use to believe as you do but then I realized what I could do if I dismissed my beliefs and only focused on what I can know to be fact. "Belief" as an idea is fantastic as long as it is worked to the point of becoming a tangible result. Dismissed when the idea/belief proves to fail or does not mature to fact. Clinging to a belief/idea that does not render results is a destructive waste of time.

    Hope is a whole different animal and almost equally destructive because people will often settle for hope and never cultivate it into action.

    My distaste for the overall loyalty society has for belief is because belief gets in the way of their immunity and improved quality of life. It is almost impossible for people to understand what they need to understand in order to achieve immunity because their mind is flooded with beliefs that make truth and wisdom seem like an incomprehensible lie.

    Of course "belief" is considered wisdom in most cases these days. Wisdom leads to immunity, belief leads to frailness. Wisdom is something to use and work with while belief can only be debated. Belief and wisdom do not exist together. I'm sorry. If you could only experience life without belief you would understand but it requires great sacrifice. Belief is who people are, it defines them. They make themselves into what they believe they are. When in reality they are a perfect being sabotaged by useless belief.

    When it comes to being healthy, one needs 100% focus on what the body can do, not what we would like it to do.
    • Mar 22 2014: David,

      Yes we seem to have different take on 'belief'. You seem to believe you can dismiss your beliefs where as I recognize that one is bound to believe while free to choose what to believe. Bluntly put you believe to know without recognizing that what you know depends on what you choose to believe (I think deep down you recognize the truth behind that statement). To use a different example you claim that you didn't choose to do something when you choose not to do it. Yes sometimes one better dismiss certain idea/belief/visions/dreams especially when the actual reality isn't working out; sometimes one better maintain certain idea/belief/visions/dreams till the actual reality becomes according to them ideals. That is clinging to a belief/idea can be a destructive waste of time or a constructive investment of time. Hope is a whole different animal, that is almost equally to 'belief'… and there are other ideas/concept that share this characteristic… Indeed people will often settle for (______) rather than actually cultivate that which ought to be put into action. Your 'distaste' for something stems from your affiliation to 'distaste', though your rationalize it by the claim you made. Yea belief can get in the way of their immunity and improved quality of life just as belief can foster and enable immunity and improved quality of life.

      I agree " It is almost impossible for people to understand what they need to understand in order to achieve immunity because their mind is flooded with beliefs that make truth and wisdom seem like an incomprehensible lie"… unless of course the beliefs makes truth and wisdom seem comprehensible and understandable. I wonder why you insist on associating belief to something negative. If you would only experience life with the better beliefs you would understand but it seems that presently that requires great sacrifice of sacrifice. People are who people are… beliefs are what beliefs are. Being health involves body-mind-spirit.
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    Mar 22 2014: Fritzie, I do appreciate you and Esteban both for being concerned with my struggles but I am comfortable sharing everything here. I could write a book's worth right here, enough to rival Moby Dick and link up to hours and hours of video about how to control and use the immune system to be healthy but doing so would only weaken the possibilities.

    The internet is full of "how to" books and video but they are no different than taking a course at the leading "natural medicine" institutes for training in natural medicine modalities. Books, DVDs, VHS and internet has destroyed real healing. Real healing is passed from one person to another through direct contact.

    30 years ago, natural medicine was a serious threat to western medicine and today's commercial science so the AMA (American Medical Association) did the only thing they could do to stop actual healing, they created their own training institutes and cultivated CREDENTIALS. Now you have endless access to highly credentialed natural doctors with plaques all over their walls but cannot cure 1 out of 1000 clients. Credentials ensure failure because that was the point in the first place.

    Time flies. Everyday there are less and less old school healers. It's a shame the old school healers functioned solely off of "belief" because had they demanded more from themselves they would have learned what I have learned.

    I do not mind sharing more and more because even if I can't post an outline on how you can be immune I can possibly help to create a demand for the idea. If people can warm up to the idea that they have a natural immune system designed to keep them immune then maybe I can build on that. Maybe Esteban can or yourself can make the same sacrifices I made and become in charge of your own immune systems and be able to help others do the same.

    All I can give you and the other readers here is indisputable information in hopes that it will help with my credibility and help people warm up to the idea.
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      Mar 22 2014: I think sharing actual practical information is a constructive approach, if you decide to do that. Readers are naturally dubious of those who claim to have important information but then choose not share it.

      Please start sharing what you propose to share.
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        Mar 22 2014: One question Fritzie, has my information so far been practical?

        When I point out that belief is an obstacle in the way of wisdom, is that practical?

        People are naturally dubious when their beliefs are contradicted are they not?

        You have the ability to sit by yourself without any modern technology and stimulate your own immune system without any spiritual hamana hamana, products or gadgets. Your verbal communication skills will not help you.

        When you want to scratch you head, like you when you are confused you scratch without any verbal skills required. If you want to be immune to disease you have to control your immune system the same way. Placebos use to give people focus but not anymore. You have to start from scratch. You have to figure out how to send a signal somewhat similar to the signal that allows you to scratch your head but one to correct the first problem with immunity today.

        The body has a natural state where it puts it's immune processes on the back burner because. If a person wakes up after a good solid 8 hours of more of sleep more than likely they are in a state where there immune process is up and running. By 5pm it becomes more questionable because the body is running low on energy, not hamana hamana energy but calories and sleep energy, its wanting to unplug for the next day. Stress effects this greatly.

        I didn't sleep well last night at all and I work six days a week without much compensation so my immune system is likely put on the back burner right now. I will try to get my sleep tonight to get back on track.

        Before immune work and control can be done, one must be certain they are not in the state where the body naturally puts immunity on the back burner. Then and only then can a person control their immune system. Now, a person who is in the back burner state can flip the switch and turn the immune state back on in a split second.

        Is this practical? Running out of characters remaining.
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          Mar 22 2014: These are the sorts of things I would call practical, though nothing in this is unusual or different from what many of us have understood to date- that sleep, eating properly, managing stress, and being active rather than, say, sitting all day, are conducive to good health of the immune system.

          I am not sure what Esteban means when he writes about belief in this context. It is possible, I think, that a belief that everyone is out to get you, just as one example, creates stress unnecessarily and that ridding oneself of that belief would reduce stress. Then the belief connects to stress and stress to immune health.
      • Mar 23 2014: Fritzie,

        When I write that belief can determine in part the experiences one has and choosing a different belief changes the experiences one has I mean that someone who believes 'that everyone is out to get them' will experience that and may propitiate that event happening. My wife mentioned a ted talk about stress that mentions how what one believes about stress influences how stress affects them ( http://www.ted.com/talks/kelly_mcgonigal_how_to_make_stress_your_friend ). It goes quite further, the belief that one holds can influence their immune response can and does make significant changes in the immune response. This actually is only the tip of the iceberg… It goes much much further, 'the belief' that one can influence this or that can and does make significant changes in this or that happenings.

        I wonder if one can ride oneself of certain beliefs just like that… from personal experience I know how challenging getting rid of beliefs can be, especially when said beliefs influence the experiences one has. The same also happens in reverse accepting certain beliefs can also be rather challenging, especially when doing so changes everything. Imagine what it takes to move from 'no pain no gain' to 'just play, learn and get it all'. Imagine redefining 'work it out' to 'play it out'… or 'make a living' to 'living and making stuff'. Even the concept of 'pay to use' to 'its free' or to 'get payed for using it' can change the experiences one holds. We are living in interesting times where many things will change for the better.

        Just wait and see… or better yet do actively embrace and cultivate the better changes.
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          Mar 23 2014: That's how I thought you were thinking about belief.

          You mention how challenging it has been in your experience to get rid of beliefs, which brought to mind a course you might want to try offered by Robert Kegan, a psychologist at Harvard, free of charge through edX: https://www.edx.org/course/harvardx/harvardx-gse1x-unlocking-immunity-change-940

          Each student, despite the MOOC format, takes on a belief or behavior that for him has seemed resistant to change and works on it in a manner guided by recent findings in research on change.

          Please note, this course is about working on *your own* resistance to change- not on how to convince others of your beliefs! There are marketing courses, probably, through various online sites focused on the different enterprise of selling your wares/point of view to others.

          You might be interested in the Immunity to Change course. With a MOOC, it costs you nothing and if you find it doesn't interest you or help you, you don't need to stick with it.
      • Mar 24 2014: Fritzie,

        Thanks for the information will look into the course.

        BTW please realize that my curiosity into what it takes 'to convince others to change their beliefs' is more of an abstract ideological schemata to understand what's involved in changing what someone believes; I am not in a quest to change them nor convince them of anything. The fact I lack interest in selling wares/point of view to others may be part of the reason that I just put the issues on the table. My observation of how difficult it can be to give up certain beliefs was more of a factual objective observational assertion of something that happened to me. I was rather fortunate that the experience involved a belief which wasn't considered to be fundamental, so it was 'easier' to give up. I realize individuals operate under the influence of their beliefs even if they claim that they don't. In other words everyone has a bias, towards what? now there be the key to understanding…

        will look into the course thanks...
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    Mar 22 2014: Esteban, Fritzie made a valid point about offering or posting links. It's a good rule because without it there would be no end of self promoting and sales sites being posted. The rule applies to me. Unfortunately your mother and or your father are responsible for teaching you to be immune to disease but they placed their loyalties to medicine, either western or natural. It is generally believed that medicine is suppose to offer you improved health but as much as people hate to admit it, it doesn't and there is NO chance of them even speaking of immunity much less offering any of it.

    This creates a very challenging obstacle. If your mother and father would have had real immunity to disease so would you, nothing at all to do with genetics, there is little if anything about disease linked to genetics, just a fabricated hypothesis used to make people settle and accept the inevitable failure of medicine. Disease is not genetic.

    Stress, fear, poor sleep, inadequate water and "BELIEF" are the main factors that cripple the nature of human immunity. Diet plays a very tiny role, very tiny. GMO's and gluten are not factors worthy of any serious contemplation. "Belief" is the nail in the coffin almost literally speaking. When a person chooses to "believe" they choose a fairytale instead of a reality and the conscious mind begins to trick the subconscious mind into "believing" in the fairytale.

    Your parents were convinced to "believe" they needed "verified reliable" credentialed experts to see to their health needs and that lead them to dismiss their own immune systems. It probably started with your grandparents so all the blame cannot be dumped onto your parents or mine. Add stress, fear and poor sleep to the crippling effects of "belief" and the body no longer has a clue as to what it can do.

    Had your parents been like me, able to sustain immunity you too would have it because your body would have learned it from them without the use of words or pictures.
    • Mar 22 2014: David,

      Now you are getting more into it… keep in mind that blaming someone else for the "BELIEFS" one chooses to believe and hold is part of what one ought to change. Ultimately each is responsible for what they chose to believe/feel/think/say/do. Unfortunately you are responsible for what you learn! Yea your parents/teachers/others may present you gifts and its up to you to choose what to keep and what to do with them stuff.

      Today I was in a conversation that stress in itself isn't bad for us if we have the right attitude about it! As you sort of mention them stuff are not factors worthy of any serious contemplation. "Belief" is the nail that keep it all together and determines what happens. When a person chooses to "believe" they choose a dream or a nightmare … and a reality and the conscious mind begins to to work with the subconscious mind into "believing" in the story and manifesting it. The process requires energy and you probably realize that fear creates negative energy while appreciation and gratefulness creates positive energy. The body has a clue as to what it needs just feed it the right energy and thoughts and feelings and food… to facilitate and induce the process… and helping other induce the process in them helps to induce it in ourselves and 'viceversa'.

      Just because your parents didn't know something does not mean one can't learn it. Oh some believe a thought can reprogram their DNA RNA structures and activate all sorts of stuff… the same about a feeling, an action, a story and other stuff. Thank I think I now understand better where you are coming from and where you are heading…

      what more need one consider according to what you believe?
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        Mar 22 2014: Esteban, I assure you that everything you "believe" and everything others "believe" will never amount to anything more than a "BELIEF". There is nothing more destructive than 'belief'.

        I understand that "belief" is all people have, it is the ONLY hope and therefore most cherished but 'belief' creates paralysis. Because 'belief' is all people have we as a people are paralyzed.

        There is no point in changing DNA for any reason, DNA has nothing to do with disease and BELIEF cannot change anything.

        Belief is what governs society and sets everything up to fail. Belief is cheap and if you don't like one belief simply chose another or create one you do like, all the while ignoring the ugly truth, the real situation.

        You can't have wisdom and belief both. You can have one of the other. Desperate people require belief.
        • Mar 22 2014: David,

          Some CAN have wisdom and beliefs and a bit more… some beliefs compel to act/think/feel in certain ways. Beliefs can change stuff… of course if someone believe that beliefs can't change stuff well that's what they will experience… I assure you that "believe" will amount to more than just a "BELIEF".

          Some 'beliefs' are rather constructive, granted some are quite destructive… so the key involves to choose wisely the beliefs one holds and gives their life too.
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    Mar 21 2014: It is impossible to share the truth about the human immune capability. Man has the ability to control and utilize their own existing immune systems to control, prevent and cure diseases without any medicine or technology. Without this ability there can be no "placebo" so this fact cannot be disputed though it will always be dismissed.

    Humans being immune to disease is 100% socially unacceptable because it would devastate the economy and cause over population issues like never before.

    I've dedicated over 20 years researching and developing the ability to control the human immune system as NATURE intended, no gimmicks, no medicines and no technology. The knowledge I have can bring complete immunity to anyone but it is totally socially unacceptable.

    For a person to become healthy all the sudden and out of the blue creates too many implications for society to cope with. First people would see just how much energy was wasted on hypothetical commercial science and medicine that fails 99.9% of the time and that bruises egos beyond repair.

    Today's medicine is a complete utter failure when it comes to preventing or curing diseases and that is indisputable but no one will enjoy admitting it. If people will not recognize the utter failure of today's commercial science and medicine they will never consider their own immune system as a viable option.

    People are brainwashed to hold their hand out for a pill.
    • Mar 21 2014: David,

      I am curious about what you said… care to elaborate here or point to some place to dialogue. I realize that sometimes sharing the truth of the matter can be socially unacceptable (to some stakeholders) because it's impacts… I wonder how to beneficially impact and share the truth of the matter especially when it brings about transformational wellbeing. I think we need to bring complete immunity to diseases while at the same time transforming the society for the better. Of course it's sometimes better to prevent a situation than deal with it's aftermath. Of course some people will be in denial rather than recognize what be going on and considering viable options… better ways of resolving once and for all certain conditions… thinking/feeling/acting under the influence of certain thoughts/feelings/substances can 'brainwash' and curtail what individuals consider and choose to do still better to hold and guide those who hold out their hands than let them keep holding it out for others to take advantage off.
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        Mar 21 2014: Esteban,

        I don't mind discussing the hidden truth about human immunity here. I don't know what the policy is here for posting links to user sites and I do wish to stay on good terms here.

        The obstacle of what I know and do is how do we integrate the truth into society when it has been ignored since the beginning of commercialized medicine and science. The truth about human immunity is a slap in the face even to those who do consider it as natural logical scientific option. For human immunity to be explained and appreciated one must disregard virtually everything they think they know about health, healing and disease. All the socially accepted data on these issues lead to 99.9% failure. Trauma medicine and livestock medicine being the only exception.

        A person must be able to accept that every thought going through their head about their health is wrong despite the endless hours of data mining they have done. Keep in mind, every thought going through their head is the thought process that leads to failure and I don't know why that is so hard to swallow because every thought they cherish still results in failure to heal or obtain reasonable immunity as nature intended.

        Understanding the human capacity for immunity means starting from scratch, outside of my own information there is nothing at Duke or on Google that can help, again the reason for the constant chronic never ending failure of medicine today. Dismiss the hypothetical nature of commercial medicine both western and natural then and only then can wisdom be introduced. Hypothesis NEVER cure or prevent disease only truth will give those kinds of results.

        You have an immune system you were born with and if it hasn't been too traumatized by neglect you have the capacity to be fully immune to disease. Being immune to disease does not mean you will not get sick, it does mean when you get sick you will get over it and never be diseased. Nothing about society is conducive to proper immunity.
        • Mar 21 2014: David,

          Why do you think it seems impossible for humans to accept the truth about the human immunity system? What do you consider be the key factors for someone to change their beliefs structures about human immunity system? what possible leads and practices need someone develop as effective tools to help set our youth in the right direction and how would each use when they encounter seemingly impossible situations to move forward and bring about better health states.

          My seemingly impossible dream has to do with changing the held beliefs that some maintain, which keeps them from embracing better ways. I realize that sometimes to get it right one has to disregard virtually everything that which one believes in (or at least some of the stuff one believes in); this can hinder accepting what one ought to accept. To sort of use your words give up "every thought going through their head" for that thought process is what leads to their state rather than a better one.

          why it's so hard to swallow the truth every thought many cherish to obtain reasonable understanding of nature is an interesting issue. Especially given the evident results. I suppose many prefer to think they know than realize the actual truth of the matter. BTW sometimes there is information out there to be incorporated! I am interested in the capacity to be fully immune to disease…. or as I would prefer to state it I am interested in the capacity to be fully healthy and completely immune to diseases… be them ideological, emotional, physiological, energetic or some other kind.

          So in the context of this conversational focus what can you share for the particular situation you used and the general conversation as a whole? I am sure that somethings about society are conductive to proper wellbeing… and we seem to need to expose them and cultivate them better ways.
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          Mar 22 2014: It is fine to post links to sites that offer reliable, verified information. It is typically not okay to link to commercial sites that sell goods or services or to engage in self promotion.

          If you have ideas or information to share, your words will get more attention from readers if you just say what you have to say. A positive approach, such as offering constructive strategies is best.

          The sooner you say what you have to say, the more likely people will stick with you until you say it.
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        Mar 21 2014: Esteban Second part of my reply.

        You are intended to have complete control over your immune system but we know what the consequence of that would be. Over population and destruction of the entire industry of medicine and medical science. I'm not sure what the point of discussing it further is? That's why I came to Ted to see if I could reach a respectable group open to discussing how to implement proper human health into society. I know the answers to obtaining immunity but how to save the economy and population problem is above me.
        • Mar 22 2014: David,

          Yes my intent is to have better immunological systemic responses that include better individual and collective practices which transform for the better just about everything (including the consequence of what each does). In other words I believe that population and 'economies' can be transformed and improved. Likely by individual actions that bring about better habits.

          On a personal level I am curious and interested to learn about what you mentioned; for me and those around me. In regards to save the economy and population problems we may just have to shift from a scarce resource economic model to an abundant sustainable thriving one. Bluntly put move from a what's in it for me (ROI) to best individual decision for all involved results (BID_FAIR AOP - act on principles). The new economy model is akin to what you mentioned; "one must disregard virtually everything they think" and then embrace a new way of acting.

          I proposed a new ted talk to focus on "How ought individuals deal with what is right , what they consider right and seems convenient to do"… if/when the conversation is approved by moderators I will put a link here to there. You might want to initiate a conversation on "how to implement proper human health into society". BTW the issue may be how to create a better economy and improve the population dynamics.

          Again I express my curiosity to learn what you assert to known in regards to obtaining immunity and improving health. If it has been ignored since the beginning then conversing about it will likely continue to be ignored by most. Its amazing how some choose to ignore and refuse to admit certain beneficial and true stuff. I would understand if you do not want to discussing the truths about human immunity here or point to somewhere we can talk about it.
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        Mar 22 2014: Fritzie, there lies the problem. "Reliable verified information" is information stamped with approval based solely on credentials and therefore socially accepted as valid. Society is designed to rely on credentials and shun anything outside of them.

        I'm not suggesting you cannot see around the credentials and decide what is right by it's merit but most cannot. In reality, there is no "verified reliable" sources in regards to healing but I could link up to hundred of thousands of sites posting 10 a day and every one of the sites will be called "reliable and verified" information but not one of them will even come remotely close to offering a new cure or prevention. They will be well credentialed and they will sound very smart but in the end it will be nothing but PURE speculation otherwise known as hypotheses. Hypothesis, like "belief" will not and cannot improve health and healing. It cannot and will not prevent or cure diseases.

        There will never be a "reliable and verified" site for preventions and cures offered because "reliable verified sites will never offer cures. That's how and why no one knows they even have an immune system in the first place, short of what they learned in junior high because Google doesn't have any more on the human immune system than a junior high biology book. Junior high text books is far as immune understanding goes.

        What options do you have to help you begin to learn about your own immune system? It will not be "reliable and verified" sites because they only teach man to accept failure. I'm not even sure Ted is allowed to let the cat out of the bag when it comes to the truth about true nature of the human immune system. Ted can prevent the truth from coming out simply by pointing out that information though indisputable is not coming from a "verified reliable" source.

        Everything about truly improving human health contradicts every "verified reliable" site and I am the only one willing to expose the truth.
        • Mar 22 2014: David,

          I second what Fritzie told you : "If you have ideas or information to share, your words will get more attention from readers if you just say what you have to say"…

          Seems to me few realize how they have embraced a disempowering BELIEF presented to them through (science) which they perceive accept and embrace in relation to a quest to make things better. Individuals may seem to rarely recognize the true reality of the situation. Evidently many individuals are manipulated to believe this or that side and while people BELIEVE that their beliefs/actions/thoughts/feelings/prayers don't affect what happens the truth of the matter is that people freely choose to give up the actual sheer desire to contribute and help - If one believes one can't do anything to help THEN even if one could do something to help one will likely do nothing. Each one's mind makes a permanent recording of the incident and contributes to it. Question is how will each contribute? Will one embrace 1)- "today’s mainstream science and medicine" belief that one cannot do anything to affect the results as an observer/individual 2)- consider that what one believes impacts what happens 3)- some other alternative. What stories are we each cultivating with our words/thought/actions?

          Are these making us completely loyal to this or that belief? Are our story lines ultimately preventing/helping us to attain being healed and cured?

          There are many option to learn about one's own immune system, some even teach the way to succeed! Some beings do not need the permission of some authority to do what is right to do. Some just do what ought to be done as it ought to be done; especially when it come to the truth of the matter.

          You keep claiming to be the only one willing to expose the truth while making some case about it rather than just doing it. "...your words will get more attention from readers if you just say what you have to say"…
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          Mar 22 2014: The sooner you say what you have to say, the more likely people will stick with you until you say it.

          Esteban writes: "You keep claiming to be the only one willing to expose the truth while making some case about it rather than just doing it. "...your words will get more attention from readers if you just say what you have to say"…

          TED has no interest in "preventing the truth from coming out." If you do not share what you have to say, you will, sorry to say, be the one not letting your truth come out!
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        Mar 22 2014: Esteban and Fritzie, I once made assumptions about who would and who wouldn't be interested in the truth. Until one us sits at the head of the Ted table and brings the topic or ending medicine as we know it, we do not know what Ted would do about the truth about immunity. I'm sure this offends but it is the truth. You see, all other topics here are simply about speculation and "dreaming". They are "busy" topics to keep people busy thinking about better ways of doing things and society will always insist that we are on a verge of a social breakthrough thanks to Eckhart Tolle and the likes.

        You want to know how to control the human immune system in order to obtain complete and full immunity. You want it explained in words and pictures even though I told you it isn't explained in words and pictures.

        Well here goes, go out and find a real healer, someone who can consistently heal someone, I don't care if it is a naturalpath, homeopath, acupuncturist, Chinese Medicine Man, Witch doctor or Shaman, just find someone who can cure something with consistence, like someone who can cure allergies at least 90% of the time in his or her clients.

        30 years ago this would have been easy to find because there were healers all over but today is a different story. 30 years ago, real healers learned from other healers today all the above listed people learned in a class room from people who have never healed a single person.

        Find anyone who can consistently heal, tell me what it is they are healing and what method they use and I will see if I can teach you how to do it yourself. If you are really sharp, I will teach you how to use the same techniques to cure other things. There is ONLY one way to heal and that is to use the human immune system. The modality does not matter. However you have to personally witness an actual healing because in regards to healing WORDS, PICTURES and SONGS mean nothing.

        You must witness firsthand effective healing. Find someone.
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          Mar 22 2014: Thanks, David, for sharing what you are comfortable with sharing here.
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    Mar 20 2014: My wish is for everyone to wish the best for everyone.
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    Mar 19 2014: My greatest wish is to conclude the development of the social platform for lovers of pets, which will propose solutions to simple needs such as: get a pair of the same race.Find information related to experiences of other pet similar to yours.Contact original services targeting pets.Currently I have truncated the project, but I m'agradaria conclude with participation of new members and make it a viral social networks after production start-up.
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    Mar 19 2014: it's easy to challenge the impossible but rarely possible to follow through with anything more substantial than words.

    it's obvious that you're talking about challenging and changing mindsets (which I'm all for) but that's not impossible.

    here's one: how to make a concrete change that will positively affect everyone in your physical circle and don't tell anyone about it (not impossible in the real world but pretty close to impossible on the internet).
    • Mar 19 2014: Scott,

      changing mindsets seems quite impossible especially when it comes to certain individuals :-)… still it may be possible. How to effectively do it? now that seems to be the fundamental mother-load!

      A concrete change that will positively affect everyone in your physical circle can be as simple as choosing a better framing for the stories interchanged. Using a positive framing rather than a negative one or a neutral one. Proposing alternatives and better ways to consider whats happening. Judging in a kind and encouraging way. Even just holding a better attitude can bring about significant transformations. Smile and say thank you and give complements for the stuff you appreciate in others and in what they do. Heck even picking up and leaning up something can influence others.

      Of course one can also just have a conversation that encourages other to consider choosing a better framing for the stories interchanged, or pose a question that leads someone to make that statement. There is much more going on than what appears at the surface of conversations.

      Have a great day/night… and that goes for everyone who reads this
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        Mar 22 2014: fair call on that. i'm a struggling pessimist. but i have been optimist for 89 days and counting. it's not easy, and i slip back into old habits frequently, but a brighter outlook does make for brighter days.

        cheers Esteban
        • Mar 23 2014: Scott,

          Slip forward :-) and do a rolling fall while maintaining the momentum … the day may be bright or gloomy either way one can appreciate them and enjoy them… some like it hot when its cold and some like it cold when its hot… I wonder why can't they just enjoy the hot when its hot and the cold when its cold...
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        Mar 23 2014: ha! :)

        you reminded me of something a wise old man once said to me:

        as a rule
        a man's a fool
        he wants it hot
        when he's got it cool.
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    • Mar 18 2014: edited to mention that from the fact 'some' comments where deleted, in this interchange "the other program 'burned' out" … If you had read and remember the other comments in this interchange you would understand that this reference is in relation to their comments. I was really looking forward to a dialogue the led to changes in mindsets… and in a way that's what happened… though I think they have made up their mind and chosen plausible deniability rather than just objectively dealing with the issues once and for all. At least they retreated rather than continue to fight… It would had been better if they had chosen to tango…

      ----- my original response unedited---
      Someone said to me not to fear hight but to have respect for it… in other words being afraid of height differs from recognizing it's abilities, qualities, etc…its akin to being paralyzed and in shock by the experience vs having the nervous adrenaline rush … we may be bound to certain natural impulses though free to choose how to act in response to them impulses… rather than these things need to be controlled these thing better be guided … there are ways one can change the automatic reactions one has to stimulus - desensitization - ideally though guiding rather tan blocking sensitizations…

      What you said in regards to the idea that we are some feeling rather than experiencing some feeling better be analyzed properly… personally I believe one makes mistakes rather than being a mistake…Be careful with letting anger and injustice into your ways… personally I prefer conscious peaceful compassionate understanding just ways
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        • Mar 19 2014: Tushar ,

          I used to believe that - there was no way you could read this as intended by me for you would had to have my precise interpretations to read it as intended - until I realized that there was a way. Granted to let your words touch me the way you intended to put it may involve a bit of a back and forth interaction to ensure that what I perceive corresponds to what you intended. (though this validation may also reveal that indeed one understood the words as intended from the start) Reminds me of a notion I read the other day "to a good litterer fewer words be needed".

          I distinguish the happening out there, the separate thought and the relationships between them two. I am curious in your example if the happening out there is a mistake. In other words is the affirmation made by the separate thought an accurate representation in correspondence to the happening happening. I am also curious why you choose to use a happening that was a mistake rather than some other happening. Though evidently what I think to be happens to be separate from what happens to be, the two can be 'identical copies'. When this happens to be so, for all practical purposes the intended thought and the perceived thought are just the thought.

          I hope you will let my words touch you the way I intended, because there be ways you can read this in which we can communicate and share our individual interpretations. I wonder if fear can breed respect? Seems to me fear breads fear. I also wonder why you assert that "---where there is respect there is no oneness with it". I can respect and be one with respect and others. Note that you stated "reaction is a result of your conditioning" thus one can choose "consciously"a response for a particular stimulus thought appropriate conditioning. If we are not doing any action at all THEN thats what we been conditioned to do! Fortunately actions can stem from a result of choosing to act.

          Sometimes the controller is the controlled rather than the controller.
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        • Mar 19 2014: Tushar,

          Ah Oh Eh Ih Uh - I like computers and other stuff too… even if it's just to simulate illusions upon illusions 'and / or' to do other valuable and useful stuff. If may be that you are an illusion a computer … and it may be that you are saying that… 'heck' there are so many additional possibilities. It may be complicated for some to differentiate what be the illusory from what be for real; --- Be it a dream be it for real ALWAYS choose the better way ---

          Please note that some can and do look at anything and everything (including nothing) even when they don't know what they are looking at. A baby "sees" stuff and can come to understand and know it, they may come to infinite of singularities of enduring beginnings, that are 'conceptional' inception points that produce a beginning that deals once and for all with a particular circumstantial situation. As I sort of said Mar 1 2014: a necessity, desire or dream wished for to be accomplished that seems impossible: getting someone to change and choose what ought to be chosen, when they have made up their mind and chosen something else. How do we, get everyone to consider the possibilities and recognize the better one as the better one, especially under the prisoners dilemma which individually and systematically incentives the adoption of the worst solution?

          We can agree, after that, can walk on, converse, dialogue of this and that or not. The sure mind may seek something in the beyond; confident and sure that eventually a mind will come to understand what does exist and may even come to understand what doesn't exists and a bit more. why is this movement still going on? Who knows lets just employ and guide the movements in the best way possible!

          Maybe one can think and live and feel and a bit more. Maybe something can burn without consuming stuff coexisting in caring sustainable enduring enlightening beneficial ways.

          The separate can breed cooperation and other stuff. Fortunately some can and do value stuff
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    Mar 17 2014: History has shown that man has used every weapon he has invented. Therefore, it is imperative that all nations must come to a binding agreement that all weapons of mass destruction must be destroyed before the unthinkable happens. Human nature being what it is, the prospect of achieving this is dim if not impossible.
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    Mar 14 2014: We, humans conquering our darker side seem impossible.
  • Mar 14 2014: Well, on a global level, I find complete peace to be impossible. Mostly this is for the fact that people cannot seem to stop starting wars or making assumptions about other countries and the like.

    On a personal level, I've wanted to meet Bruce Lee, as he is an inspiration to me...but he's dead. Pretty impossible to meet him in person then.

    So I've moved onto to my next impossible dream: meeting Jackie Chan. Like..being able to shake his hand and maybe have a normal conversation with him. If I was going to really push it, I'd like to be a friend of his and be asked to help in his charities, and I mean the hard labor part, like helping build schools in china or something. That would be great.

    Why is this impossible to my mind? Because I live in a poor and dying city, with no current job, and he's usually busy either making movies or working on his charities. There's no way I could meet him with out something like the make-a-wish foundation. And I'm over 18 and not terminally ill.
    • Mar 14 2014: Sam,

      From what you stated it seems you need not go to the other side of the world (or somewhere else) to do work on charity… who knows you might just choose to initiate an enriching 'revival' charity project that eventually gets him to come to your city… consider reading the book "switch how to change when change is hard"...
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    Mar 9 2014: Know everything, then start creating your own completely new things.
    The things not known by the universe itself... ;)
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    Mar 2 2014: Imagine a world when we, humans, are able to tame and conquer our dark side. Is it possible? Or, is it an impossible dream?
    • Mar 3 2014: Then imagine a world where we humans are able to care and cultivate our light side...it is possible you know...
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    Mar 2 2014: a world without crime?
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      Mar 2 2014: Hey Greg,

      Thanks for the contribution.

      If we take the definition of crime as: "an action or omission that constitutes an offense that may be prosecuted by the state and is punishable by law." Then wouldn't we need a common set of laws across the globe? What is a crime in one place may not always be so elsewhere - for a bit a levity I humbly offer these examples (but not making light of your intention) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/02/17-ridiculous-laws-still_n_481379.html.
      • Mar 2 2014: Robert,

        I agree that a world without crime is a necessity, desire or dream some wish accomplished but seems impossible.

        BTW to push the notion of what constitutes a crime...

        With that definition you posited we could get rid of crime by legislating that an action or omission may not be prosecuted by the sate or could not be punishable by law! Of course that definition also begs the question what constituted an offense ....maybe some legislator would say something like "an action or omission that constitutes a crime."

        I wonder if the focus here should be shifted from a negative to a positive framing... : a world without crime... may be something like a wold with only good events...
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          Mar 2 2014: You are absolutely right, "what constituted an offense" I agree we should look for the positive. A few thoughts:

          1. What determines a good event? This week Harun A.M Hassan said, "i'd love to get married to four wives in one go which my religion permits... " For him that would be an amazing day while there are many that would condemn that event as horrible.

          2. I've told my children for as long as I can remember that a day is just a day, neither good nor bad. It's how we react to the events of the day that make that determination.
          But how do we know a good event without a bad event? Don't we need something for comparison so we can appreciate the positive?

          I offered the definition from the web as a starting point. To help get everyone on the same page, to get agreement on what a positive event is we need a common base to start from, true?
      • Mar 2 2014: Robert,

        What determines a good event? that it be sustainable-desirable-congruent with the ways of life... if we apply this filter to the notion of 'someone marring four others' I wonder if that someone would accept the idea in reverse ... that is a woman married to four men... Recall I asked why choose to marry others... I wanted to see if the response was a bond of love...

        we need to distinguish what some individuals consider a good event and what happens to be a good event... I can understand the notion that how one react to the events determine wether the event is a good experience or a bad experience ... just as I can understand how some events are quite good and some are rather bad... Heck I can even understand how one kind of event can be made into the other kind by what individuals choose to do.

        When one knows a good event one can know it by the experience of the good event. Some resort to dualistic notions for comparison so they can appreciate stuff and some resort to distinctive appreciations of singularities to appreciate stuff. We can appreciate the positives by distinguishing the positives using a positive scale. We can appreciate the light from 0 to infinity ... Saying that we need a bad idea to know a good idea seems like a bad idea...seeking to be a good one... some can know a good idea by knowing a good idea... keep in mind that it is the learning from the experience that determines if the experience is worthwhile... If I proposed to focus on evil to do good, many would flinch and see how crooked that be; for one better focus on good to do good... yet when I say lets focus on the problem to find a solution, many would NOT flinch... we better focus on what we desire to cultivate.

        I took the proposed definition as a starting point and sought to move towards a shared stance, while also bringing into the conversation the notion of what is it we be focusing on. I think everyone seeks good.

        I wonder if we can get everyone on the same page.
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  • Mar 1 2014: Just to clarify If I can. There was a time when ethnic minorities were unprotected from discrimination, as were women. The laws of this country needed to be changed. Years later, martial status was added, as was sexual preference. Because of the changing environmental circumstance, or changes in attitudes, these changes were made. With the current economic climate, its even more important to those most affected by economic downturn, must be given equal opportunity for gainful employment. How else do you fix a poor credit score, until you're able to access the income level needed.
  • Mar 1 2014: Building demolition by means of my powerful, manly burps.
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    Mar 1 2014: i'd love to get married to four wives in one go which my religion permits but nowaday's it's become a cultural issue which is being made into something taboo....
    I can understand how a lot of you might see this as outrageous but this is what I belief, desire and wish to fulfill one day......
    • Mar 1 2014: Why?
      • Mar 1 2014: Because properly taking care of such a family could be seen as a great act of piety?
        • Mar 1 2014: Thank's for your response.

          I find that the quality of being religious and reverent important traits to cultivate within oneself and hopefully inspire others to do the same. something that I saw jumped out from your response and now even see it in your original post was the notion of what each might see and consider this act, feeling, though, or them beliefs, desires, and wishes. I hope that you (and everyone) consciously choose to do that which promote well being; in other words act in accordance to true love... which involves properly taking care of every member of the family. for some its easier said than done...

          again Thank's for your response.
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        Mar 2 2014: dude I think the real question is
        why not?
        my faiths understanding of life is to procreate
        and what better way to treat your seeds then to form a gang of children that'll one day
        be recognized as a tribe
        • Mar 2 2014: Harun,

          Dude. If you want to invoke the negative into the real question and your life then so be it -for you- ...as for me I desire a better clan and much better decedents. Keep in mind that each ones hereditary legacy, the seeds one spread into the world come in all sort of forms physical and ideological and emotional and a bit more...

          What we procreate (be them our children, be them the experiences we give others) is as important as procreating... Some seem preoccupied with being recognized. Personally to me if someone chooses to recognize me or chooses to ignore me it's a bit irrelevant; for just like the veracity of a statement remains the same with or without the proof for its veracity depends on what be its veracity... so too I too depends on what be, with or without the recognition by someone else. Curious how the honorable and righteous could care less about others honoring them or questioning them...

          the appropriate congruence between what is claimed and what happens to be determines the veracity of the claim. Some will recognize the truth of the matter and some will do something else...

          May each appreciate the divine as the divine and do what ought to be done as it ought to be done in accordance to how it ought to be done. Observe that emotion you harbor within ... is it a positive one? Why would someone harbor something alternate to what is positive and appropriate? Just make sure that what it is you think/feel/choose as good happens to be good and work to guide everyone and everything towards what actually happens to be good.

          BTW that is what better way to tread one's descendants!

          Be well surrounded by the betters ways to be
  • Mar 1 2014: Game on!

    The global economy has created a general transfer of production to areas where labor is less expensive. Loss of production jobs is one impact, but a bigger impact is the loss in the ability of a country to produce particular products. There are production related skill sets, technology, and knowledge that can only be gained through experience. As production workers are lost, we also lose the generation of trainers, researchers, analysts, managers and supporting industries. This transfer of national production independence to dependency on a world economy creates a more efficient world business model, but less robust and independent nation. This is particularly alarming in areas like food production, energy, defense or strategic materials and technology.

    How can we control this trend and prevent loss of national independence?
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      Mar 1 2014: Robert,

      Why does this seem impossible?

      In reference to "loss in the ability of a country to produce particular products.". Wouldn't this be a natural part of economic evolution? Whip & crop makers where in great demand in the heyday of horse and carriage transportation. These were necessary tools so lots of production but as the need diminished so did the production. We still have a few producers but the demand does not sustain more. Should we create government subsidies to artificially support production? Didn't we do that with corn? Aren't some of the downstream effects High Fructose Corn syrup, ethanol, corn fed beef, additional pesticides to increase crop yield, interstate shipping, GMO etc...

      In reference to your statement: "There are production related skill sets, technology, and knowledge that can only be gained through experience." In some sectors we still do - plumbers, electricians, builders, doctors etc... Some industries have learned a valuable lesson in cost vs. quality so have started to onshore production again. Is there one you were thinking of?

      In reference to, "This is particularly alarming in areas like food production, energy, defense or strategic materials and technology. "
      * Food - There is a growing demand for organic & grown locally to ensure freshness.
      * Energy - a growing support for clean energy like solar, wind & electric to reduce the dependence on foreign oil...
      * Defense & strategic materials - could you provide some examples?

      I don't think we should view all loss or migration as bad. As our needs evolve shouldn't production? Couldn't the global economy develop to support that need? By supporting a global economy we could reduce income disparity, would hunger, disease, etc...
      • Mar 1 2014: In the case of the "whip and crop" makers, the answer to your questions is of course 'yes'. However, in the case of cars, ships, electronics, plastics components, and machined components, we still need and use these as part of daily life. We have some capability in each area, but it does not match the demand.

        Subsidies is one tool, but as you point out, not a solution.

        Agree with your example of trades, but the equipment they use for diagnostics and materials used to fix problems or create new hand made products are often made elsewhere. My example would be production factories, where machinery was designed, built and used in our country, not Japan or Germany. In my vision of the "perfect balance' we could use products from these nations, but our products would be competitive enough for use to retain the capability for national self-reliance in all industries.

        The examples of food, energy, strategic materials and defense all relate to areas in each industry where there is a dependence. Examples of dependence might be use of foreign provided electronic equipment, hydraulic equipment, or precision machinery and tools used to support each industry. Beyond just the machinery artifact, the factories and expertise to produce these items competitively worldwide.

        Relative to your question "Challenge the impossible" my response was intended to first identify that there is a "national self-reliance" aspect to our continued independence as a nation and that the world economy business model does not take this into consideration. My "impossible dream" is to find a way that weighs national self-reliance with our position in the world economy market that enables our heavy industries to maintain a secure intellectual health model for design, engineering, production and logistics related skill sets to transition skill through generations and keep pace with other countries. A purely economic model does not do this in my opinion.
    • Mar 1 2014: By individual actions that each enact...

      Had written the rest of this response and almost decided to just get rid of it... though given its done there it is...

      ---

      What's the name and objective of the game?

      Oh BTW the same dynamic applies to a trend involved in individual independence being transferred to imperialistic authoritarian regulatory impositions 'democratically' levied on everyone and enforced by tugs and shoves into compliance.

      How can we control this individual trend and prevent loss of individual independence? As you sort of said there are production related skill sets, technology, and knowledge that can only be gained through experience, production workers learn and then move on to become the next generation of trainers, researchers, analysts, managers and supporting 'industries'. By transferring production one becomes independent and dependent ... this may create a more efficient business model, with more robust and independent players just as it may create a less efficient model with more fragility and dependent played. Either of the two may be particularly 'this or that' especially in areas like food production, energy, defense or strategic materials and technology.

      I think the best approach involves employing both; in a synergistic complementary fashion. In a way its a bit paradoxical that the more considerations one holds the less likely one will actually change the one that one holds... the same is true the other way around the less considerations one holds the more likely one will actually maintain the one that one holds.
      • Mar 2 2014: "Game on" is just and expression I borrowed from my son as slang for accepting the challenge of posing an impossible dream. Glad you didn't get rid of your response, I liked it.

        It is very much a balance. My concern is exactly that outsourcing production we have a better economic model but lose some in our ability to be independent of other nations. Loss of economic independence reduces our national security in an economic based war.

        I agree the best approach is to employ both, and to some degree I think that is happening now. However, I see this loss in economic independence sort of like a slow moving cancer. The allure of short term economic gains are being sold to the nation as giant steps towards a bigger and stronger economy, when the reality is a hollow and less robust economy, made so by dependencies. It is a bit analogous to the infrastructure issues we now face with highways, bridges, power lines and similar aging public assets. Buying new is politically sexy, maintenance and up-keep and modernization, not so much.

        As I mentioned in my response to Mr. Brown above, my "impossible dream" is to find a good way to politically and economically balance national self-reliance with our position in the world economy that enables our heavy industries to maintain a secure intellectual health model for design, engineering, production and logistics related skill sets, to transition skills through generations and keep pace with research and development that enables us to stay competitive with other countries. I would like the national recognition of this loss in economic robustness and plans developed and executed to counter-act measures that have reduced our heavy industry production capabilities.

        I think over time a solution to the problem is possible. I think it may be politically impossible based on past observations, hence "impossible dream".
        • Mar 3 2014: Robert,

          It used to be that individuals could operate under the notion "my house, my rules",'mind your own business' ... "my way or the highway"... today we are at a point where it is everyone business what everyone be doing ... we are interdependent ... and better realize that our national security and prosperity depends to a certain degree on the national security and prosperity of others...

          Noted how you linked the notion of being independent of others as increasing individual security ... the same could be said about the notion of being dependent of each other...I think we need to shift from fighting with each other to helping each other thrive... of course within the new model we need to ensure redundancies exists to ensure that individuals and communities continue to evolve and prosper independently and collectively.

          If someone say "my way or the highway" and somebody responds "it will be the highway" Then will someone consent and take the highway?

          I think that many are focusing on ROI rather than focusing on perpetuating their businesses ... the ROI of a sustainable business is always infinite! Some sustainable businesses take a bit longer to reach a given point but eventually they get there... what needs to happen now involves shifting from an exploitative linear system to a cyclical one. Breath in - Breath out - Breath in - Breath out... plants - beings - environments need to collaborate and ensure each others survival! Note that what we breath out is what plants breath in and what we breath in is what plants breath out... similarly for food... we eat what they put out and they eat what we put out...In a way the earth is a ship and we better ensure the climate control regenerative systems stays working... else we are going to have a hard time surviving here...
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    Mar 1 2014: Living the life of or becoming another person, peace and not just war I'm talking about no arguments or feuds. A full udnerstanding of the universe. I find all of those impossible yet I still wish them.
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      Mar 1 2014: Hi Ryan,
      Could you expand on "Living the life of or becoming another person"?
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        Mar 1 2014: Okay so I'm going to use beyonce as an example, I love her and everything about her but I will never be her. I can never become beyonce nor will I ever be her, it's not like one day I will wake up and be her. Sure I can experience things similar to her experiences but no I will never live her life through her eyes.
    • Mar 1 2014: Ryan,

      Know that individuals can see the world through each others perspectives and in a small way get to live the life of another person within, through thinking identically alike the other... when both choose to share the same experience This can eventually lead to a full understanding of the individual and collective universe ... and a few other possibilities and realities. it seems almost impossible yet something still quite doable for some fortunate beings...
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        Mar 1 2014: No one can think identically alike, and even people are living the same life and having the same experiences they're still not fully living the life of the other person.
        • Mar 1 2014: I used to hold and believe that belief myself.... :-)
          then I considered that what seemed impossible was quite possible ...
          ... that is I changed and made what seemed impossible be possible...
          ... I discovered that it was actually possible IF one knew how to do it...
          ... changing the belief from 'it can't be done' to 'it may be possible IF ...' can expose what actually be possible... when one does it... it helps to know what to do, how to do it and getting it done.

          Note that when one holds the believe ' I will never live life through their eyes' , one is actually asserting something irrespective of being able to do it and just choosing not to do it.

          Recall I stated:
          -- in a small way get to live the life of another person within, through thinking identically alike the other--

          That ought beg the question: how does one think identically alike the other?

          Employing the belief 'it can't be done' hardly serves to answer the question.
          Employing the belief 'it may be possible IF ...' DOES serve to consider possible answer to the question....
          who knows one may even discover one of those possible answers for all practical matters actually does work!

          May you and others be a fortunate being who considers and discovers what is actually possible and what ought to be done with each possibility ... and act accordingly.

          Thank you for inducing me to choose to clarify and compose this which from my perspective is part of a tool set to use when each encounter seemingly impossible situations. I wonder is it actually an impossible situation...
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          Mar 1 2014: I agree Ryan, that generally people do not think and feel alike even when they/we have similar experiences. People may share many of the same thoughts and feelings, and I do not believe that any two people think identically.

          That being said, a person may choose to embrace thoughts, feelings, perceptions and ideas that another person presents.

          It seems almost impossible to convince Esteban that everyone is probably not going to embrace and accept everything he thinks and writes!
        • Mar 1 2014: Ryan, this response has more to do with colleen response...

          Now that some are going to agree with you and tell you that it can't be done
          some are going to simply tell you that it can be done...
          it's up to you to choose which one to embrace...

          of course some will tell you:
          - that it isn't up to you
          - that it is up to you
          depending on what happens to be and a couple of additional factors it may be this or that.

          BTW even though to Colleen it seems almost impossible to convince somebody (me in her particular example) that everyone is probably not going to embrace and accept everything somebody thinks and writes, to me it's a certain fact that, for the time beings, some will choose to embrace and some will choose to reject what somebody thinks and writes ... irrespective of the truth of the matter and/ or what they ought to do.

          Know that the correspondence between what is thought and what happens to be enables some to understand what be and do certain stuff; whether some choose to recognize and embrace the truth or choose to allow deceptions into their lives is a bit like that story about 'The Emperor's New Clothes'. Any child can see through the facade into the truth of the matter! Question is will one admit the truth of the matter; especially given the premise that only the wise can appreciate the truth of the matter. Yea the truth is quite visible, even-though it is a rather invisible garment that serves to expose the truth of the matter. Some will tell you what you want to hear rather than what you ought to know. Some beliefs enables one to realize the truth of the matter while some do something else. Only the path that leads to the mountain top will lead to the mountain top... AND only when one follows it in the appropriate direction!
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      Mar 2 2014: ryan, would you like to cease being ryan and become beyonce? is it that you're not happy living your own life, being Ryan? Or you think you'd be happier if you were beyonce?
  • Mar 1 2014: Fritzie

    I am responding here to your post that starts "What you describe in your last paragraph corresponds to..."

    Yes. situations in which private actions have predictable POSITIVE spillover effects.. That is, rather than commanding a behavior, incentives are put in place that bring self interest potentially into better alignment with the individual and public interest.

    It can work if the actions that are most desirable from an individual and community standpoint are well understood and the level and nature to induce the necessary change from one behavior to the other is well understood as well relatively simple.

    More typical are situations in which the optimal course of action is a bit more involved...
  • Feb 28 2014: Very good points. If a congruent way of life was presented to me I like to think I would be able to recognize it and accept it but it's one of those things I wouldn't know until the moment of. I also agree that figuring out what to fix is the most important. When I was writing this comment I wasn't sure which topic to start with so I went with the first to come to mind. Thank you for the feedback.
    • Feb 28 2014: Glad you considered the points as being good...and your welcome... I found writing the points enriching of itself... so your comments is an added bonus...
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    Feb 28 2014: The one thing I find difficult is to have all citizens to have critical thinking and interest towards socioeconomic, ethical, political, educational, and global issues such as poverty, equality rights, healthcare, corruption, racism among many others. An early and on going education about the latter, may help in the long run, to provide our society with a fairly high amount of "educated" tax payers and voters.

    Anyhow, we are in a new era where at the touch of our finger tips we can have access to lot of information, which we are all contributing in our won ways. Social networks is redefining how we interact, develop relationship, do business, marketing and much more. It is a turning point in human history, there are organizations such as OMAZE.COM, that are working to raise awareness by providing experiences that people would love to have and most importantly share within their social networks. Ideas like that can be extended or "cultivated" to motivate citizens about more issues.

    Furthermore, we can educate, motivate or inspire people that they can make a difference through different areas of life, by contributing in several ways; finding a person in life which is more selfless.

    Competition and selfishness may be obsolete to the progress of the human race. We are constantly collaborating to make the world a better place for our future generation. It is up to us to embed such values to secure our future.

    Making the world a platform for every single ted ideas that can be implemented would be a new definition of heaven.
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      Feb 28 2014: Hi Elvin,
      I'm a little confused by your comment...

      You say...'The one thing I find difficult is:
      "Having citizens that are aware of the socioeconomic...."

      Did you mean to write "unaware" rather than "aware"?
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        Feb 28 2014: It does sound ambiguous doesn't it?
        Allow me to try to re-structure my post Ms. Colleen
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          Feb 28 2014: I thought that is what you meant Elvin.....easier to understand now....thanks!
    • Feb 28 2014: Elvin,

      Maybe a way to deal with that would be for certain particular citizens that do have the critical thinking, interest and knack towards those particular endeavor to excel at them while helping others do the same, as each contributes in each ones domain expertise's ... in other words somehow ensure that 'whomever' holds the better solution gets to guide everyone towards the better solution ... of course the particular individual may vary from moment to moment and subject to subject.

      I agree we are in a new era where at the touch or two of our finger tips we have access to lots of stuff in which we are each and all contributing in our won ways and being contributed by others. Yes it is a turning point in human history, some are working to raise awareness by providing experiences that individuals and groups would love to have and most importantly get to share within and throughout their social networks. TED in a way brings us closer to new Ideas that can be extended or "cultivated" to motivate individuals and citizens to over more issues. I am doubtful that the lottery model 'find your dream experience, donate for the chance to win, one lucky person is selected while numerous lives are changed thanks to your donation" will be the model I support moving forward. I would prefer to 'Imagine one's dream experience, do something to bring it about, realize it by discovering that through helping and being helped everyone gets to realize their individual and collective ideal dream as each helps better each and every person's existence in existence and a bit further as numerous lives are changed thanks to each one's donation...

      for me the better model would be something like

      want to
      know how
      able to
      get it done
      perpetually enjoy the benefits
  • Feb 28 2014: The actions, thinking, talk of a person should be entirely governed by the self and should be untouched by the outside world. The person should just let his feelings free with no regard to how others perceive. That's what I mean by natural.
    • Feb 28 2014: Sumukh,

      The person better guide their feelings rather than let their feeling dictate what they do ...
      It may be natural to feel rage at times, though individuals ought to guide how they express said emotion.
      Yes the actions, thinking, talk of a person should be entirely governed by the self ...
      The self employs internal and external queues to determine what to do... and the story-line the individual employs can be determinant as to what happens next... I like to be touched by the outside world as well as to touch it... especially in nice caring ways.
  • Feb 28 2014: To be totally natural at all times.
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      Feb 28 2014: Hey Sumukh, thanks for contributing! Could you define natural in this context so we fully understand your meaning?
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    Feb 28 2014: I would like to see a better system of education and guidance for our young people in the US.
    Politics, "standardization", religion and economic differences control the education we are able to give our youth.

    Every young person should receive the same high quality education. They should also receive guidance in how to properly use that gift to prepare themselves for a solid future.
    • Feb 28 2014: Tim,

      I had really difficult times with education till someone told me that it was kind of a game where one needs to learn how to learn themselves while doing what others want and expect. We control the education we are able to give our youth. Politics, "standardization", religion and economic differences would like to usurp that from us and many individuals willingly cede and choose to give that control away to others.

      As you sort of mentioned, each should receive guidance in how to properly use that gift to prepare themselves and others for a solid future... the thing is that many receive instructions and just follow along the scripted lines often ceding over total control to their faculties... to the system rather than synergistically guiding their actions and the systems actions to better results.
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    Feb 28 2014: Doing what u love to do what your passion is all about is something really hard in a 3rd country
    I live in lebanon (a place that i guss u did t hear about)It's really hard inhere to do what u like to do it's like there's a rule that u will never be succesful unless you are the best at your school or college studying math and biology and this stuff but being like a musician or an artist is impposible because no one cares not even parents it's like this not something important or won't make u something in the future but who cares !
    So in countries like here there's a lot of impposible thing and might seem simple but it's IMPPOSIBLE to follow your dreams in here
    • Feb 28 2014: Bassil,

      You seem to describe what is applicable throughout the world... thinking it's just something applicable to you.

      It reminds me of feeling lonely and thinking no one else feels lonely ... the thing is that many feel lonely and keep to themselves rather than just go out an play nice games... it seems few actually know how to play nice games making a lot of money and living happy and healthy lives while in the company of friends and strangers... we each need to change that!
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        Feb 28 2014: I'm sure it's applicable for the world but not for us
        That's why they call it 3rd countries ...
        • Feb 28 2014: from ( http://www.ted.com/conversations/22948/redefine_the_term_rehabilitat.html ) I would say it's actually applicable everywhere even within us... Doing what you love to do, what be your passion what it is all about, can be something really hard and challenging in any county... I wonder why it is that individuals can tend to be a bit less than supportive ...and believe the lure that to be successful you have to be the best at your school or college. Being the best at the game can lead us into a state where no one wants to play with us that game anymore... sometimes the point of playing a game shifts from who wins-looses to a dexterous exercise and passing the time.

          what's the point in playing a game where one always wins when the other makes a mistake or ends in a draw ? say playing tic-tac-toe.

          It seems to me many derive pleasure from doing and attaining what seems impossible, rather than appreciating and valuing ordinary occurrences of everyday life that are extraordinary acts... maybe it's dew to the fact you mentioned that 'no one cares not even those who actually do care'; it's like this not caring is something important... for it can be used to manipulate and control caring individuals... ever heard of 'the guilt trip' or 'emotional blackmail' ... To make it in the future and thrive we better learn to guide individual actions... in caring ways while taking care of getting those who don't care to change for the better to change for the better... and become individuals who do care about what each does.

          So in countries like 'here' there's a lot of impposible thing that might make it seem IMPPOSIBLE to follow individual dreams .. the question is how to accomplish what is impossible for us to do... it's actually rather simple... find the help from someone who can accomplish it with ease... there might be something impossible for them to do, which is actually rather simple for us to accomplish

          remember: thinking it can't be done will not get it done
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        Mar 1 2014: what you said is totally true and logic and I really thank u because u made things more clear to me but as u said anywhere things can be hard and challenging but the problem is that things in here u can't even taste the challenging in it ,it's not like you try and fail !!
        u don't have the chance to try ! that's why I consider it IMPPOSIBLE and not HARD
        • Mar 1 2014: Bassil,

          From an atemporal perspective where individual being 'volunteer' and choose to incarnate to learn and resolve something that some consider impossible, say like change what happened after it happened, can involve a bit of graceful maneuvering. Just like what we choose to do now affect the present and may affect and change the future it can also affect and change the past! Seems impossible to do for some individuals though it can be done.

          A friend once told me that stating something with 'try' revolved around failure...rather than true accomplishment. They basically recommended that I consider eliminating that word from my notions... and always learn something from the experiences.... in other words decide if to just do something and learn from what happens... or decide if to just not do something and learn from what happens... always learn something from the experiences... another notion I am working to eliminate from my notions (and sometimes from the notions of other) revolves around employing problems... rather than giving opportunities an opportunity. That coupled with a reframing notions using mostly positive terms... Yea the opportunity is that thing in here (there) presently involve appreciating the taste of the challenge when it is in incipient stages and a bit insipid. maybe it's like the clapping applaud sound of one hand... or hearing nothing while listening to everything, an even when one does act without acting.

          What does considering 'it impossible' lead you to do?
          what does considering 'it hard' lead you to do?
          What does the story-line "u don't have the chance to try" lead you to consider?
          Some story*-line will induce us to consider doing something to accomplish stuff and some will induce us to other ways... active passive acts.

          * intended to write 'story'... actually wrote 'sorry'... almost decided to leave what I wrote but ultimately chose to correctly express what I intended while adding this note...

          Ultimately what is each doing
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        Mar 1 2014: and I really liked what u said abt that 'being the best at the game can lead to a state where no one want to play with us ' :) :)
  • Feb 28 2014: I wish for a simultaneous advancement and retraction of society.

    American society needs to advance and come together on important issues like same sex marriage (it was the only one that came into mind). It needs to stop being divided for what seems to be just the sake of being divided. It's almost as if politicians are disagreeing just because they can and because they belong to opposing parties. It needs to advance in realizing that education is the future and not something that should be an investment. Children are realized on the idea they can do anything but when they reach around high school they are shut down because a school is too expensive. Granted sometimes they did not make the standard for the school but is it really their fault or the schools. schools should take an interest in their students and aid them in what they want to do versus what pays. We need to focus on the kids themselves and do our best to offer them the best we can instead of just trying to act like our lives are more important.

    Society needs to retract in a sense of trying to realize what the most important basics in life are. Money is so unevenly distributed in this society that we need to take the focus away from trying to make a lot of money and trying to live happy and healthy lives.

    I've said that if I could create a hell there would be three versions of ones self; the child, the teenager and the you you could have been. If I could have one dream come true it would be that I could create a society that the innocent child, the one in my version of hell, would grow up and be the person I could have been because he wasn't told no. he was encouraged and the tools were available or him to pursue what he truly wanted when he finally knew what it was.
    • Feb 28 2014: Dakota,

      Yes 'society needs to advance and come together on important issues' it is just that some individuals insist on maintaining their stand rather than accepting and adopting a sustainable-desirable-congruent with life way of being. At this time based on what you said and what I perceived I would wager that you would be one of them who presently will maintain their stand on the issue rather than change it and come together and accept the sustainable-desirable-congruent with life way of being. Of course some may think that - they will embrace, change, accept the sustainable-desirable-congruent with life ways of being rather than seek to keep their present stands-. The real issue here is what each actually choose to do. IF what one thinks to be appropriately corresponds to what happens to be, THEN one gets to perceive what happens to be based on what one thinks, ELSE one gets to think that one perceives what happens to be while just perceiving what one thinks to be, some consider that to be a typically symptom of a delusional mental disorder.

      Yes we need to advance in realizing that education is the future and each must recognize that it's up to them to learn and advance, sure others can help and may show point the way, while it is an individual responsibility, duty, and actions that will get them to learn. To advance one needs to make the standard be substandard; just realize that this involves being above the line rather than lowering the line. Raising above the standard rather than lowering the standard. Rather than seeking to determine who's fault it be, and playing the victims blame game, choose to focus on what to do about it from 'the individual' perspective... of course the individual and the institution each need to do what they ought to do to deal with the situation rather than expect the other to act first.

      Each ought to grow up and become the person they better be; independent of being told not to do it or to do it... just because one can
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    Feb 28 2014: Implementing the Five Pillars of Jeremy Rifkin's "Third Industrial Revolution"

    1.Shifting to Renewable Energy:
    2.Buildings as Power Plants:
    3.Deploying Hydrogen and other storage technologies
    4.Using Internet technology to transform the power grid
    5.Transitioning the transport fleet to electric, plug in and fuel cell vehicles

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Third_Industrial_Revolution:_How_Lateral_Power_is_Transforming_Energy,_the_Economy,_and_the_World
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    Feb 27 2014: Do your dream career.
    I would love to be singularly an professional artist. But to me its unrealistic for the following reasons:
    1) There is a reason why they have the saying "starving artist" you can survive on an income based solely on your artwork.
    2) There is always someone better and more in demand than you.
    3) There aren't really a lot of programs for this specifically.
  • Feb 27 2014: I would like to see the ACLU, or another entity be successful in challenging the credit lobby, specifically the use of credit scores as a criteria for discrimination in hiring. The use of ones credit score as a means to determine a person's work qualification, is a discriminatory practice facing all low income citizens regardless, of race, creed, color, religion, marital status, and sexual preference. Simply because income, specifically LOW income, is not a protected status it can be used against you for the purposes of employment.

    If the government is serious about putting Americans back to work, they first need to stop denying access to employment to those financially disadvantaged, from obtaining gainful employment. Same with criminal history.

    When a person of low income is denied the opportunity for gainful employment, they are then condemned to a life of poverty. When a person is denied access to employment because of his low income, or poor credit score, how will they pay past debts, and improve the score without employment?

    This practice which indeed is discriminatory by definition, is NOT a protected status under civil rights so in that way government and business CAN use credit scores as a determination of a persons character, and thus deny them access to a job for which they would otherwise be qualified for.

    I'd like to see the practiced banned, giving those who are currently financial disadvantaged, the same access to jobs they are otherwise qualified to do.
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      Feb 27 2014: Brian, Great point but how do you feel this is impossible?
      • Mar 1 2014: I feel this is impossible because of the opposition to the change in policy, from the insurance industry, the credit lobby and lack of interest from the attorneys general and the civil rights office or any congressman or woman who has not accepted money from credit services special interests. California passed legislation several years back through congress to do just that, make it against the law to discriminate using credit for employment only to have Gov. Swartznegger veto the bill
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      Feb 28 2014: About 13% of employers check credit reports for all candidates and 47% check for those applying to selected positions, according to the Society for Human Resource Management. Employers are usually most interested in the credit backgrounds of applicants who will handle finances, hold an executive-level position or have access to other employees' confidential information (such as human-resources professionals). The black marks that might give an employer pause are ones that leave the deepest stains on your record: a loan default, a bankruptcy, a debt that's gone to collection.

      http://www.kiplinger.com/article/business/T012-C000-S002-can-a-credit-score-kill-a-job-offer.html#eSlxadQw0YbLrzhv.99

      http://www.ncsl.org/research/financial-services-and-commerce/use-of-credit-info-in-employ-2013-legis.aspx
      • Mar 1 2014: A point if I might from your comments " Employers are usually most interested in the credit backgrounds of applicants who will handle finances, hold an executive-level position or have access to other employees' confidential information (such as human-resources professionals)". This statement makes an assumption that someone with poor credit should not be in these positions. Discrimination comes from the assumption these candidates can't be trusted and therefore are a potential risk for committing crimes

        For the sake of discussion, lets say for example and husband and wile married for 50 years have well established credit. Have some medical insurance, though a private company, but not yet qualified for medicaid. Suddenly there is a catastrophic Illness with emergency services bills, followed by lengthy intensive care stay, and prolonged, Illness, expensive medical bills, loss of work income.. you get the idea. Just as suddenly the bills mount, the checking account is gone as is the entire savings, auto payments are missed and home faces foreclosure. So now I need to get back into the workforce and pretty quickly into a high paying job. I could be denied access based on this circumstance, which really has little or no bearing on my ability to handle finances (even for someone else as an advisor) but discrimination would allow a company to deny me access to the job, even as my MS Business Finance otherwise qualifies me. The use of credit history is being used as a character judgement in some cases. I was told by a congressman, that the use of credit score would be used in an employment case by the federal government stating that someone with a poor credit score could be more likely to accept a bribe, or something similar because of his/her need for income. In this way, when character judgements are made from a credit score it then becomes a discriminatory practice. If this is allowedmeven a small percentage of the time, millions of unemployed applications are victi
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          Mar 1 2014: See "Illusion of validity."

          "Here is an imaginary example of illusion of validity. Let us picture a large hypothetic corporation. It only recruits people of a certain kind. Only those are wanted who have a prestigious college education which requires high SAT-scores. Also, job candidates are forced to participate in IQ tests. This despite the fact that some studies have shown a high degree of correlation between IQ and SAT scores,[2] so once you know someone's SAT score, knowing their IQ in addition would not add much information and should increase confidence only very little; and, to whatever degree SAT scores correlate with GPA scores, GPA could be predicted from an IQ score nearly as effectively as SAT score."

          "Kahneman describes this bias as the first cognitive bias he conceived, in which he evaluated officer candidates for the Israeli Defense Forces according to a test[which?] that he knew to be nearly worthless but yet on which he still found it compelling to make strong predictions."

          What you are really wishing for may have nothing to do with credit scores.
      • Mar 1 2014: I understand and appreciate the illusion of validity example. SAT scores and IQ tests, do NOT determine or prejudice ones perception of character (as is done with credit score assumptions). Even in the officer candidate scenario I agree you could be looking for a reaction, or they way in which a candidate handles a seemingly arbitrary test. The same is NOT true for credit scores, since in most cases, the candidate is judged preemptively, and is not given the benefit of the doubt and judged unworthy of the opportunity even for an interview. Its judgmental in nature and therefore discriminatory.

        Being poor doesn't make one a criminal. However denying access to gainful employment to those most in need, may well be a self fulfilling prophecy in that, without other options crime rates may rise out of desperation.

        In other words, (this may not be the best argument, but just an example) deny a parent access to the income necessary to save his home, wife or kids and you may well get the very different crime your hiring to avoid. This person may not have every considered committing a crime until he/she has been forced to by only being able to get a minimum wage job due to hiring discrimination.
      • Mar 1 2014: Theodore,

        As you sort of pointed out what they are really wishing for may be quite unrelated to the evaluation criteria they use independent of the fact they use the criteria to discriminate and select candidates.

        Let's also keep in mind that how one judges and discriminates be at the core of this thread topic (at least from where I perceive it). Let's also realize that choosing to give the job to the most poor discriminates agains the most rich! Let's also keep in mind that getting a job is only one of the options that individuals have to make money!
  • Feb 27 2014: It seems impossible because no one wants to sign up or even use the products to achieve the goals they want to health wise.I honestly don't know.Maybe it's all in my mind.Maybe I'm around the wrong people for that type of service?I feel as though I could leave my city and find more success but on the other hand I believe success can be created anywhere.Mostly I don't know.Huge case of doubt bugs.
  • Feb 27 2014: If you don't mind sharing,what was the most necessary thing you had to do but didn't want to do?
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      Feb 27 2014: Off topic but here you go - I had a severe case of altitude sickness and hypothermia. All I wanted to do was sleep but would be dead PDQ if I did...

      Sounds like you have a standard start-up problem - "no one wants to sign up or even use the products to achieve the goals". You built a product you want. Your trying to foist it on a market vs. finding what the market wants. You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink....
      • Feb 28 2014: A round about way of getting to the topic --- here you go -

        The other day at a game someone asked an observer "how was your game"?
        response : "Same as this one, just the other way around".
        It was rather humorous because
        in this game his brother's team was loosing 4 to 0
        and his team had won 4 to 0.

        Hey I sort of like that word ... Foist ...just the other way around :-)
        Consider that
        • (foist someone/something into) graciously posit a glaring notion of someone or something that obviously warrants it being embraced welcomed as a desirable and necessary person or thing.

        Maybe its not about making the horse drink the water ... as getting the water into the horse...
        In other words maybe its not about making someone learn and understand the knowledge
        maybe its about ensuring each does what they ought to do as it ought to be done when it ought to be done
        it's a bonus If they learn and understand the underlying knowledge ...
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          Feb 28 2014: DeAndre said "...It seems impossible because no one wants to sign up or even use the products". This is common problem for new entrepreneurs - they are passionate about an idea but are having a hard time selling the product because the market wants something else World Famous Innovation Failures: http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130923083142-206580-world-famous-innovation-failures

          You said, "maybe its about ensuring each does what they ought to do as it ought to be done when it ought to be done". Great idea but humans are a finicky lot and sometime choose to go against what they ought to do - smoking, drinking, drugs, infidelity etc...
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          Mar 1 2014: What you describe in your last paragraph corresponds to the market approach that is so often recommended or used to deal with situations in which private actions have predictable negative spillover effects.. That is, rather than commanding a behavior, incentives are put in place that bring self interest potentially in better alignment with the public interest.

          It can work if the actions that are most desirable from a community standpoint are well understood and the level and nature of inducement necessary to induce optimal actions are understood as well.

          More typical are situations in which the optimal course of action is ambiguous.
      • Mar 1 2014: Yup... a necessity, desire or dream wished for to be accomplished that seems impossible... getting someone to change and choose what ought to be chosen, when they have made up their mind and chosen something else. How do we, get everyone to consider the possibilities and recognize the better one as the better one, especially under the prisoners dilemma which individually and systematically incentives the adoption of the worst solution. There is a cost for doing the right thing there is a cost, a higher cost, for doing the wrong thing... One can choose to do the right thing and pay the lower cost. or choose to do the wrong thing and pass the bill to someone else. thats right the cost of doing the right thing is payed by the one doing the right thing; while the cost for doing the wrong thing is payed by someone else. What would you choose to do, the right thing or the wrong thing? Now lets say someone else choose to do the wrong thing and you have got to pay for their doings, What would you choose to do, the right thing (pay your bill plus their bill) or the wrong thing (return the favor and just pay for their bill) ? Why is it that when one has gotten the bill passed by someone else one feels it's ok to choose to do the wrong thing?

        Getting someone to change and choose what ought to be chosen, when they have made up their mind and chosen something else can be quite a challenge. Just as getting everyone to consider the possibilities and recognize the better one as the better one and doing what ought to be done.

        Indeed humans are a finicky lot and sometime choose to go against what they ought to do ... to do what ought to be done; maybe its about ensuring each does what ought to do as it ought to be done when it ought to be done.

        thanks I like this revision a bit better :-) Learning is an essential part of innovation. It is the way we learn that distinguishes those who succeed from those who still have got to learn how get it right.

        Collaborate to succeed :-)
  • Feb 27 2014: I desire to accomplish success with my business with the company Genesis Pure to support my dream of being a cartoonist skateboarder and basketball player while also bringing a nationally renown much needed recreation/personal development center to my city.
  • Feb 27 2014: Travel and transport via unassisted fart-propelled fight. Ain't gonna happen.
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    Feb 27 2014: winning the lottery
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    Feb 27 2014: I don't think I will be able to travel into space. I do hope some of your young people of Mt Olive will.
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    Feb 26 2014: Are you looking for concrete things people might think they wouldn't be able to do but really could if pursued with energy and patience, like becoming a doctor or publishing a novel? Or are you looking for big, seemingly intractable problems that no one could accomplish alone and that offer challenge even to very talented, resourceful people working together?

    There might be some value in starting with the former.

    Here is another resource worth checking out from Seth Godin, a TED speaker who works in this area. http://www.sethgodin.com/sg/
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      Feb 26 2014: Good question. I didn't want to frame the challenge too much because I wanted to see where it would go. The responses should be an eye opener for the youth in my area. So far all of the responses have been from middle/upper class US and have leaned towards the theoretical - Melt Fire into an Ice sculpture; Levitate, Time machine etc... Only a few have been more concrete - "I'll never go to Princeton."

      I hypothesize responses might be influenced by socioeconomic/educational strata. Poor, 3rd world counties might fall into life sustaining needs while higher educated / wealth areas might have a better grasp of their capabilities so lean more towards the theoretical side of the challenge. Time and responses should prove very interesting.

      Ultimately - I'd like each question answered by an expert in the field, text, or Vine video etc... Depends on how many responses I get. My daughter gave me the idea for the challenge when she was on Instagram and read it was impossible to staple water to a tree. BING! Then I thought of the global possibilities and here we are...

      I met Seth a few years ago and love his work. My first book of his was Purple Cow.
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        Feb 27 2014: I think older people truly think more of things their bodies cannot do anymore or the sort of intractable world-level problems that just never seem to go away, like living to see a lasting peace in the Middle East.

        "Impossible" is an extreme word. I know middle class unemployed people who worry that they will never find a job, but it isn't that they think it is, technically speaking, impossible.
      • Feb 27 2014: Hey Robert, I have a solution for how to staple water to a tree... all we would have to do is create a water popsicle that uses a long staple rather than a stick... from there i'ts just a matter of attaching it to the tree using the protruding staple .
      • Feb 28 2014: For the time being I consider myself more of a backstage cast member... and will see if I get someone I know do do the video...
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    Feb 26 2014: It is impossible to list all possible possibilities of impossibilities. :)
  • Feb 25 2014: Now matter how much I might want to, I do not thing that a wild night of being fed pumpkin pie by En Vogue will ever happen to me.
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    Feb 25 2014: we hear a lot that nothing is impossible but NO it's not true a lot of stuff in our life we find out that's it's really hard to accomplish it
    it might seem to be something normal or not that hard for someone else but for the one who's involved in this it's impossible
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      Feb 25 2014: That's exactly the point of this years theme!

      We want you or someone you know to share something they feel is insurmountable!

      By sharing you will raise awareness and hopefully allow us to develop a tool set that would make those kinds of challenges less daunting.