Christian Zaragoza

Nashville, TN, United States

About Christian

Bio

I'll take care of this at some point...

I'm passionate about

Dogs, Great Writing, Thinking too deeply at the expense of the obvious :)

My TED story

I was surprised when David Blaine made me cry.

Comments & conversations

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Christian Zaragoza
Posted over 1 year ago
The Internet: Has it made us more or less social?
My roommate met his current girlfriend on the internet. I spoke with her briefly online, was charmed and understood why he felt he had to meet her in person. When we all met face to face there was a component of our interactions that was completely missing with her. Her facial expressions gave absolutely no clue or window into her mood or thoughts. I was thrown off and left the two in peace; thinking that I may have been intruding. Afterwards, I was informed that she quite enjoyed speaking with me and wished I would have spent more time with them. Sadly, proficiency in online interactions does not translate into that same facility with personal ones. I always wonder when I meet people now, what in fact is going on in their heads. Without emoticons to convey their feelings, often they stare at you blankly and you walk away thinking yourself a nuisance. In the same way that a poorly worded text message drives a wedge between two people who would otherwise get along well, so too does this lazy presentation of yourself to the world around you. I believe this stems from a reliance on words to convey too much. In short...we talk too much. :)
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Christian Zaragoza
Posted almost 2 years ago
One relatively simple and cheap change can be made to schooling to reduce opt out and drop out rates.
We need more and better teachers that take a personal interest in their students. We need students to grow together and learn to collaborate. We need to make schools a safe place for our children to grow up in. Solutions should address the quality of education and worry less about soothing the effects of failure. It seems to many people that performance must constantly be evaluated and I disagree. Performance is personal for all people. A good teacher gains the respect of their community by the smile on their children's faces but 40 students to one person is a bit of a stretch if he/she is doing the job properly.
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Christian Zaragoza
Posted almost 2 years ago
Is it part of human nature to have a hierarchy?
A great question and I think Mr. Clegg points to an even better one. I think the idea of hierarchy gets muddled by the more simplified idea of dominance. Our cooperatives must be in some way different from that of a wolf pack or a lion pride but why? Does language allow us to understand our roles more clearly? Is it our ability to specialize our contribution to make ourselves vital to community success? Whatever the case. Remember that we are not animals. But then again I've never met a powerful leader who would willingly step aside when his expertise was no longer required so maybe there is still too much animal left inside us.
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Christian Zaragoza
Posted almost 2 years ago
The Internet: Has it made us more or less social?
I used to have friends that would sit and enjoy a ball game together. Now that so much attention is put towards their mobile phones and their facebook maintenance, I no longer feel like their companionship is worthwhile. Even requesting their attention for short periods at a time feels like a useless and somewhat humiliating endeavor. Now that people are usually in more than one place at a time I feel like they are never truly present. Not to mention they allow themselves constant stimulation and are no longer able to deal with boredom which in turn leads to a more aggressive and impatient attitude. I feel like we're losing more than we gain.
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Christian Zaragoza
Posted almost 2 years ago
Why do you come to TED conversations?
Desperation. I often find myself quoting a favorite author (appropriately in most cases) and realize immediately that nobody finds it the slightest bit amusing. I have spent most of my life wondering if fellowship was in some way unattainable for me. I have only recently discovered that my upbringing as a polite and thoughtful person has more or less crippled me socially. So here I am. Hoping this isn't another forum for people to vent their frustration. Tongue in cheek...somewhat.