Yeleezaveta Fernandez

Providence, RI, United States

About Yeleezaveta

Languages

English, Russian, Spanish

An idea worth spreading

We were never meant to be lemmings...we are not born to be bred, we are born to live life as best as we know how, not fit the proverbial mold that makes X amount of dollars to go into retirement and makes the most sense. That kind of life is boring, less stress, but boring and uneventful nonetheless. You are then just biding your time in this kind of life, not truly living it.

I'm passionate about

Culture, working through global barriers, travel, linguistics, accurate history, conspiracy theories, enlightening stories, music

Talk to me about

Anything and everything

My TED story

From former USSR, on the cusp of Belarus being just another republic and an 'independent' country. Lived all over the US and globally, got lost in my education and my path in life. Still lost, but loving the journey. Love discovering opposing and similar viewpoints. Infatuated with history - particularly religion and war (all in the same). Enjoy a good debate and observing people's reactions. Main goal is to bridge my love for everything that is international and cultural along with a few degrees and a history in higher education and government into a business and market development future with a company/brand that I can truly get behind. I need something to believe in; that is when I'm unstoppable.

Comments & conversations

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Yeleezaveta Fernandez
Posted over 1 year ago
Holly Morris: Why stay in Chernobyl? Because it's home.
I had no idea about Belorussians sending children to japan, unfortunately it just isn't enough to help everyone affected. Emigration is a narrow ranging solution to a wide spread problem. The effects are atrocious, they are now reporting that nearly 75% of fish coming into California will be highly toxic within the next year. It just seems like it's too late, the damage is done and we need to focus on avoiding future accidents. Unfortunately human error is inevitable...
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Yeleezaveta Fernandez
Posted over 1 year ago
Holly Morris: Why stay in Chernobyl? Because it's home.
I had no idea about Belorussians sending children to japan, unfortunately it just isn't enough to help everyone affected. Emigration is a narrow ranging solution to a wide spread problem. The effects are atrocious, they are now reporting that nearly 75% of fish coming into California will be highly toxic within the next year. It just seems like it's too late, the damage is done and we need to focus on avoiding future accidents. Unfortunately human error is inevitable...
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Yeleezaveta Fernandez
Posted over 1 year ago
The Internet: Has it made us more or less social?
This is a difficult topic for me to side with because I met my now husband on a social networking site almost 8 years ago, at that time, we were pen pals, and it was such an incredible way to communicate with someone on the other side of the world that had a similar love affair with words. However, on the other side, I have seen how my friends, and even myself are completely attached to their phones more than 50% of their days...work, pleasure, curiosity...boredom. I think back to the 90's when I was a teenager and I am envious of the freedom we had back then, aside from television we had no unnatural distractions. I also feel that my intense attention deficit and inability to finish a book as easily as I used to devour them in the past is largely correlated to my constant contact with the web. I'm torn, I would say that we need to limit the new generation who has no recollection of a life without, that way we avoid the severe consequences like anti-social behaviour.
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Yeleezaveta Fernandez
Posted over 1 year ago
Holly Morris: Why stay in Chernobyl? Because it's home.
I'm from Minsk; we have family in the south of Belarus, right on the border with Ukraine, just miles away from Chernobyl...when I was a kid, I remember visiting them. I was mesmerized by the enlarged heads and 6 fingers per hand of my new extended family (pregnancy during the 'accident' were obviously affected). I was too young to understand. But they stayed there, and are still there now, if their deformed children didn't give them a reason to leave, then nothing would. The effects of Chernobyl were not only evident in these desolate towns you see here, they were felt in wide radius by both Ukraine and Belarus, what most don't realize is that the effects were far wider in Belarus. And with regards to Mother Russia, this is an act of patriotism defying all logic in my eyes. We escaped the Soviet Union, but my father was depressed and sank deeper into alcoholism and violence. He went back less than a year later to his Mother land where he could feel whole, albeit miserable. That's what brainwashing politics will do.
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Yeleezaveta Fernandez
Posted over 1 year ago
If the cure for mortality is found within your lifetime, would you go for it and become immortal?
Immortality is a sad and lonely path, and unless there is a fictional immortality 2.0 version, you don't get the chance to choose your day of death, immortality by definition is life forever...and that to me is an awful prospect. Side-thought - the actual truth behind dying of old age, is a biological mystery. Do we die because we have used up our multi-celled body, or is it just the nature of our species and embedded into our dna?