Joshua Lee

Pittsburgh, PA, United States

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Design, Architecture, Sustainability, Cross platform functionality

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Crocheting, It is both relaxing and productive at the same time.

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Joshua Lee
Posted 6 months ago
How can a human being overcome selfishness, the idea that one is separate from the rest of humanity?
Perhaps the question isn't how to become more altruistic but how to become selfish without loosing the ability to sacrifice for our fellow man when necessary. The negative connotations of the word selfish in and of themselves give the word inappropriate context. Should we deny ourselves happiness because to do so would not be altruistic? In reality we are separate from the rest of humanity it is merely by accepting that we do on occasion need to allow ourselves to be selfish in a humanitarian way. For instance, I take great pleasure in seeing others happy so in order to facilitate my happiness I must first help to make others happy.
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Joshua Lee
Posted 9 months ago
Women will soon be in charge
TED Friend, I agree that couples need to find there own balance and certainly wouldn't suggest that what works in my marriage would work in yours or any one else's. I am however suggesting that women shoulder a lot more than men do and the expectation is that they should. I am speaking in broad terms and painting with a broad stroke however, it seems to me that women are expected to keep the home in order, take care of the kids, help provide financially, be care givers to elderly family members, and all while taking care of themselves. Seem like a lot to me especially when the traditional role for men was to be the bread winner. During and after the Women's movement the expectations of women have only increased and a lot of it they brought onto themselves in order to prove something. I do think that things have shifted though and a great example of why women can't have it all was written by Anne Marie Slaughter. http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/07/why-women-still-cant-have-it-all/309020/ Her husband was supportive and yet there was still an imbalance in her life why should we force that same imbalance on other women?
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Joshua Lee
Posted 10 months ago
Women will soon be in charge
With all due respect, I was in no way saying that each family, man or woman, must meet some scripted cookie cutter framework, established in a debate held on a TED forum, and prescribed by me or anyone else in the group. I can appreciate old world values, however times as they are including the economy, current cohort social perspectives, and future prospects I am suggesting that times are changing. That because of those factors there is a shift coming in social, economic, and demographics that without change we perhaps will fall short of keeping up and ultimately harm the women we care about. Without sharing the burdens that daily life now demands from us we are only going to shorten the lives of our mothers, sisters, wives, and daughters. There is no reason old world values can't exist while still sharing the burden.
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Joshua Lee
Posted 10 months ago
Women will soon be in charge
I agree that Men need to change but I think the problem stems much further than the workforce. In fact if you were to look at the Jackson Katz's TED talk you will see that men need to refresh how they think and act in many different ways. We need to start holding each other accountable when we drop the ball in all area's of our lives rather than turning away and slapping backs and giving each other one more shot. We are escape artists at heart and these time call for a shift where we learn to be team players not only with one another but with the women in our lives as well.
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Joshua Lee
Posted 10 months ago
Women will soon be in charge
If what you postulate it true, that women are more thorough, then great! Perhaps this shift will correct the major down shift in customer service. Perhaps it will increase the empathy companies have for their clients and begin to reestablish personal connections. It may even emphasize the importance that the end user plays when designing products or providing services. This shift may begin to correct centuries of mens absentmindedness when it comes to fair business practices. Perhaps a different approach would be to consider holding men just as accountable for the family finances, diaper changes as well as bringing home a paycheck. Why should there be a separation between work in a corporate office and work at home? I think the problem is the learned behavior that needs to change that puts so much more of the work on women's shoulders. If we were to address the conventional wisdoms methodology where women are responsible for the home and men are responsible for the financial, which based on economical factors led to women being responsible for not only the home but contributing financially,and question the fairness of that practice. You implied that men spend their time drinking and playing games while women are forced to work day and night. Maybe the answer is in your own post. Perhaps we as men need to be more accountable to the needs of women and share the responsibilities both in the corporate world as well as at home. By sharing these responsibilities perhaps that will give time for both men and women to play games sometimes even together. I like the topic though. I believe this is an issue we seriously need to address.
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Joshua Lee
Posted 10 months ago
Is the language we use perpetuating the racial divide?
Interesting perspective. So you think that stereotyping needs to exist so that we can classify things? If so, don't you think that is limiting our ability to accept one another? Most importantly though, we need to classify objects but do we need to classify people? What do we gain through this type of classification? I think we could eliminate classifying people all together, if we did we could eliminate borders, immigration, segregation, privilege, ect.... I think this is possible and I agree that language is a tool but don't you feel that sometime we use it as if we are hammering a nail with the back of a screw gun? I like the direction you were headed though, how can we more effectively use the tool to eliminate division between races, sexual orientations, religions ect...
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Joshua Lee
Posted 10 months ago
How much responsibility should Facebook have when it is used as a media for abuse, racism and other forms of harm?
When there are complaints there should be some responsibility on the part of Facebook to intervene in situations like that. By allowing pages that include and promote topics such as drug use, domestic violence, theft or any of the enumerable types of foul things that go on, facebook is in turn saying that they agree with these practices in my opinion. They have a controlling interest in what there service is used for and therefore they should also have a controlling interest in what they are willing to promote. There should be some recourse for parents teachers or the individual alike that would prevent or at minimum minimize the ability of people to create fake pages that defame anyone. Bullying is wrong no matter the facet or avenue used to do it. I think issues like this should take only a simple email unfortunately they are a corporation that is more interested in the dollar than the people using its service. Facebook would have the ability to see who created the page and I think it would be in the best interest of their companies image to remove fake pages but to ban or suspend anyone who created them.
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Joshua Lee
Posted 10 months ago
Is the language we use perpetuating the racial divide?
Kudos Sharon on your perspective and ultimately this is what I hope would be the rule instead of the exception. Context is the key I am starting to think. The fact that you didn't provide a great deal in your profile not only says that you wish to share what is relevant contextually but it also provides mystery. I sometimes wonder if in the digital age we have become to exposed. I would argue that we are still taught and develop our underlying perceptions and prejudices so in essence we continue to cause the divide even inadvertently. I do feel that we are on the precipice of change and the chasm between people is shrinking. Edulover had a great point earlier that may be the catalyst for exponentially decreasing the timeframe to complete and positive acceptance. Full integration may be the best way to begin eliminating the divide and stereotypes.Just a thought.
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Joshua Lee
Posted 10 months ago
Is the language we use perpetuating the racial divide?
Perhaps, I do have utopian dreams and I can hope for all mankind that they are realized. I appreciate your comments. I would argue though that this particular subject is not one that would fulfill the stipulations around a utopian society but instead would harbor progress to solving the bigger questions with more focus and less distraction. In addition, I feel this is a discussion that if started now on a global scale we may have the opportunity to bring about change and accomplish societies that are free from division.
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Joshua Lee
Posted 10 months ago
Is the language we use perpetuating the racial divide?
A wonderful song! It seems that it is a vicious cycle. Children accept without prejudice, they are taught prejudice by there parents/society ect. How do we break the cycle? How do we on a grand scale carefully teach our children to continue to accept without prejudice without interference from the tainted adults? Or, how do we instead change adult perceptions and erase prejudices so that they are not taught to our children? I suppose that is the better question.