Michael Clausen

Coventry, CT, United States

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Michael Clausen
Posted almost 4 years ago
A Way to find the best leaders of tommorow
I don't think choosing leaders can be decided by a computer. In fact, the only way we can choose leaders is if the leaders choose themselves. Climate, economy, religion, census data does not determine that a leader is "good". It is who the leader truly is. Or what they do.
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Michael Clausen
Posted almost 4 years ago
What would you rather choose, power or money? Are they necessary for humanity's well-being?
Hello Hakana, I do choose power over money. I believe power can be seen in many different ways that change the idea of power as we know it. Power is not necessarily something a leader exerts onto an array of people. It does not necessarily have to elevate you into a high position. Power can be something that you have, which sustains you as an equal of society. Power can be something that you have, which motivates others and empowers others. In fact, I have power. You have power. Everybody on this Earth has power. The power to change the world. In my opinion, power is a more effective way to build human connections and ACTUALLY SOLVE PROBLEMS, where money falls extremely short. By treating others as we would like to be treated, by not degrading others or elevating others below or above us, we make relationships more meaningful and can work together to solve big issues. Money, however, is a band-aid fix. Giving money does not fix a problem. It may make the receiver (most likely a poor person or group of people) happy for a moment, and will make the giver happy for a moment as well. But has money actually gone to the core of the problem? Even after they receive money, are they still poor? Yes If we want to help that poor group of people, it is our duty to treat them as our equals, which money fails to do. Money says that we are richer than a group of people that are disadvantaged. We should HELP them. In fact, we should reach out to them...find out how we can fix the problem, and together, FIX IT. Power sustains us, not money. -Michael
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Michael Clausen
Posted almost 4 years ago
How Do We Teach Children Compassion and Empathy?
Birdia, I'll start off with this quote: "We must view young people not as empty bottles to be filled, but as candles to be lit." -Robert H. Shaffer The idea of education is to empower children, to ignite their lights and show them that while interests are fantastic, some of them may be, in fact, fantasy. While I do not doubt the power of fantasy, I believe that reality is our ultimate blessing. Therein lies the sparks for children. I agree with you. Children don't sit around waiting to be taught something. This is because we can't view them in that way. Teaching is empowerment, motivation, not fact-filling. Adults can be taught (empowerment) and children can be taught (empowerment). When has age ever changed the capacity for knowledge? The reason for a curriculum is to show our children the knowledge they need to know to make change in this world. Or to do whatever it is they want to do. Compassion and empathy is just another one of these things. If we empower these kids in compassion and empower them in empathy, their possibilities can become infinite. Who wouldn't want children compassionate and empathetic. These are not boring 'adult' ideas that operate in the 'adult' world and are useless to children. They can use compassion and empathy every day. This is what I believe in nonetheless. -Michael
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Michael Clausen
Posted almost 4 years ago
Is TED turning into a "my 15 minutes of fame" site?
Hi David, TED has definitely ventured from its original place, yet I consider all the more diversity intriguing. Everything TED is, is entrusted into the speaker. However they choose to talk, and with what tone is simply a matter of the speaker's style, like with all presentations. I don't think that it's becoming 15 minutes of fame, because I think all the different opinions and layers of subjects make the themes of TED as a whole more interesting than ever. Pathos is definitely a speaking style that has been practiced through the ages. Being able to distinguish pathos and logos makes the TED experience more enjoyable, but I'm not sure it's up to TED to decide which falls in which category. -Michael
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Michael Clausen
Posted almost 4 years ago
The leader or the follower?
Some of what you're saying, if I get this right, is that different people have varying ideas which can separate unless held together by a leader. But does the diversity of ideas improve the movement? You also mentioned that a movement can die without a leader. Are you referring to the face of a movement, a person that can easily be seen, or can the followers be leaders themselves?
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Michael Clausen
Posted almost 4 years ago
The leader or the follower?
Wow. Very well said and insightful. I've always thought there is a difference between a manager and a leader. While a manager might be in charge of a movement or a team, a leader can be anyone.