Today I attended my very first TED talk! And it definitely wouldn’t be the last. Although I couldn’t make it for the entire event, I’m still really glad I made the choice to go for at least the first half, because I left with lots of mental nuggets and new perspectives from the wonderful speakers of today.
Some of the ideas stuck with me:
- Love and hope are manifestations of human agency. And the thing about human agency is that it most obviously surfaces in situations where there is lots of oppression, where there is little freedom. And hate is also a manifestation of human agency. But it is always better to come from a place of love than a place of hate. A place of love is where flowers can grow, and a place of hate is a desolate wasteland. And don’t be afraid to challenge the ways of the past generation, as long as you come from a place of love.
- Sometimes we don’t get to change the world, but we can change another person’s world. Having a love for humanity can change the world one person at a time. You’ll never know how much your actions can mean to another. Even if it’s just a simple genuine smile to a stranger who looks like he’s had a bad day.
- Your world is basically just you looking at the world. You can rewrite your story to make it a better one.
- Personal: How do you want to live your life? What are your priorities? Should life be about continuous learning? Is that the key to making life interesting? Can we really achieve anything we want in life? Are you brave enough to go all out for the things you love?
- Personal: The thing about privilege is that it’s invisible unless you’re without it. Privilege seems also exponentially related to how far ahead one gets in life. Education is a key to overcoming a lack of privilege, but the quality of education one receives is itself a marker of privilege, and again, differs enough to differentiate who gets ahead and who doesn’t.