In ancient Greek and Egyptian mythology, the phoenix symbolized renewal and rebirth. Legend depicts that each phoenix lived for 500 years, and only one lived at a time. In the final moments of a phoenix's life, it would build a nest and set itself on fire. As the flames died, a new, young phoenix emerged from the ashes to live another lifecycle.
Similarly to the phoenix, when we face the fires of catastrophes, our resilience and determination to succeed define us more than what has happened to us. Amid hardship, we are presented with opportunities to rise; reflecting on our darkest hours, we find our greatest strengths, amplify our capacity, evolve, and excel. Our TEDxWesternU conference on February 2nd, 2024, will feature ten speakers who have fought for what is right, against injustices, to make the world a better place, restore what was lost, find inner strength, and protect our community, country, and humanity. Join us as we explore the indomitable human capacity to rise from the ashes of adversity.