Tara Leona

Student
Lincoln, United Kingdom

About Tara

Languages

English, French, German

I'm passionate about

Education, including areas of expertise, original or forgotten thoughts, bias within the education system and how the nationality shapes the perception of ideas and facts.

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Everything that dazzles you.

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Tara Leona
Posted over 2 years ago
What is happiness?
As a young person, I experience happiness mainly through hope and expectations for the future. I hope to move to London in September to start university. And although I am confident with the situation I am in right now, my plan for the short-run future brightens my present and even my past. Difficult or dark spots of my current situation are easier to bear as I expect them to change soon while I cannot change my past and only influence my future and if I do that in the right way, I can avoid making the same mistakes I have done. It also gives me confidence in the long run, as I am satisfied with the parts I have planned already and shape the uncertainty of the long run (which is typical for my age, I guess). Of course and this again might be due to my age, happiness implies change and improvement. I expect my perception of happiness to change while I grow older because of experience and thoughts I have thought. I hope that I will recognise the point where I need to stand still for a second and just experience happiness of the moment and I will not let it pass because of my thoughts of the future.
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Tara Leona
Posted over 2 years ago
Do you think Genetically Modified food (GM) is morally justifiable? How about the "Industrialisation" of food production?
I totally agree with you, especially about the humanity of factory farming. In my view, the problem occurs out of the division between production and consumption. We do not follow the tracks anyway where and how our food is "produced" and therefore lose sight of the morality of food anymore. Furthermore, to add another moral aspect of the production of food, adding to your comment is, how does it affect the expenditure of health care on certain diseases. One of my teachers told us although there are more people dying from AIDS, Malaria and TB instead of heart diseases, diabetes and cancer globally, most of the funding in research goes to "Western" diseases which occur mainly in developed country due to the cheap availability of certain products. I just checked and while the expenditure on diabetes is estimated to be between 376 and 672 billion USD in 2010, funds for HIV are estimated to be 8.3 billion USD in 2011. One might argue, diabetes is more expensive to treat (I don't know to be honest, just a guess here), it only clarifies the injustice of the treatments as it would be cheaper then to supply people with prevention and treating means. I am not saying, diabetes should not be treated (I have got cases of it in my family as well) but just wanted to raise another issue here.
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Tara Leona
Posted almost 3 years ago
Who is your Everyday Hero?
I have two perspectives on this question. the first one is one of my best friends whose influence I can see in my everyday life as she saved my life and I am grateful for that every single day. She rescued me when suicide thoughts became constant in my life, she coincidentally found the letter I wrote before I had a chance to finish it. Forcing me to share these thoughts and by that helping me to get through it (not being alone and understood), gave me the opportunity to keep going and eventually to survive on my own. She also forced me into therapy (for which I hated her at the beginning) and my telling me truths I did not want to admit about myself. The second one is variable, mostly a person who shares with me (even if it is a single cigarette) or makes me laugh, trusts me (as it shows me the apprechiation they give me) or just shows extraordinary mental strength or morals. I like the part that we share a single moment- maybe having nothing else in common than this certain second- obligied to each other and then tear apart again and continue our lives independent from each other. Or taking the opportunity to become friends and share more than this single moment. But in the end, it does not matter what happens in the future as this moment has happened and I am thankful for every single one of them.
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Tara Leona
Posted almost 3 years ago
Does humanity have a purpose?
"occasions throughout history where not having a common purpose also resulted in disaster" so true. I think the basic problem here is tolerance. The cold war started out of the clash of two ideologies which were a potential threat to each other. I am not saying that this has to be a main purpose but that we also need to apprechiate different purposes and value them as high as our own. For me, the purpose of humanity is basically that we need to question the current purpose in order to promote change and to keep up with a changing society and different technologies, inventions and ideas.
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Tara Leona
Posted almost 3 years ago
What are a few things your country could learn from other countries?
As I am originally from Germany, my country has a history of and bad experiences with nationalism (I am writing about Germany here but this is applicable for the whole Western society, mostly for them which were directly involved in the second world war). When I went to India in July, I got the chance to talk to some Indian men, mostly my age of 17, 18. We asked them if they are alright with the increase in female education and their suprising response was something like "As long as it is good for India, it is good for us as well". My point is that they have a totally different and refreshing approach of nationalism viewing their young country as a community (though it is devided into several different states from which most of them speak a very different dialect) and not as something superior to another country. I would take this even further and claim that if we (the European countries) do not see ourselves only as German/French/Polish but also as European, the Euro crisis would have happened on a smaller scale because the self interest of a country lies behind the greater good.
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Tara Leona
Posted almost 3 years ago
What could be the most appropriate cause for non-profit organisations to invest in for a better future of humanity?
I agree with your point that education in underdeveloped countries need to focus on practicality and need to be diverged from developed countries which do not emphasise mainly on the primary sector but on manufacturing and services. On the other hand, I do think that education in every part of the world need to emphasise on culture as well because solely when people understand their culture they might be able to change it themselves and make it more equal (for example increasing the education of women and therefore increasing its development). The importance of culture even increases in a globalised world because in my view we need to balance (and maintaining this balance) between multiculturalism and participating in our simliliar views of our global village.
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Tara Leona
Posted almost 3 years ago
What's your TED habit?
It is a weekend thing for me to get my head thinking again. I know it sounds silly but getting up on a saturday morning with a cup of coffee and opening TED or TEDconversations is a really good start in a day. it became as natural as reading newspapers or checking news on the internet for me and I enjoy it every time. In general, TED is a way for me to start a longer period of studying (for example, a typical saturday) or to wake up my mind. Thank you for that!
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Tara Leona
Posted almost 3 years ago
Do you have a story about when a young person first watched a TEDTalk or TEDxTalk? What happened?
One of the most wonderful things that can happen in education happened to me and TED. My teacher called it a way of selfeducation and that we would get another kind of information and a new perspective from people who had witnessed the stuff we were talking about (especially poverty and aid at that time). I am very thankful for that because he encouraged us to think differently and TED just matched our subject (called World Development) wonderfully.