TED Day 4: What’s the Point?

2302085579_e29b0fc98c_s.jpgNellie McKay, TED 2008 Day 4

Taking a breath…last session, last day of TED…. 


Global Meltdown

Moral imbalance

Complaints, Complaints, Complaints

Too much talk and not enough listening

The last day at TED shined a clear, bright light through the 4 day multi-focal lens on BIG QUESTIONS, pointing to obvious political facts: The world is broken. We can fix it. Let’s stop kvetching. “Yes We Can” (TED played the recent YouTube video of DigDive’s musical re-enactment of Obama’s history making speech — the producers are TEDsters who brought the video to Monterey).With the help of economist Paul Collier, activist Al Gore, musicians/activists Nellie McKay and Bob Geldof, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt, planetwalker John Francis, and the Kids Table Collective, TEDsters were called to taking first steps:

Collier: Draw from the lessons of post WWII reconstruction to begin the process of saving the “billion bottom” of starving nations.

Gore: Embrace Democracy, Embrace Citizenry; don’t let the “Lucifer effect” of the past 8 years of American governance hypnotize you into fear and political paralysis. (The Lucifer Effect comment refers to the talk given by Philip Zimbardo, mentioned in my recap blog: Day 2: Does Evil Prevail).


McKay: Protect and Defend the Innocent (dogs and other best friends). Use plenty of catchy, playful satire and remember…”if you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear a flower in your hair.”

Geldof: Avoid Cultural Extinction. Salvage every flotsam and jetsam of human meme-making.

Haidt: Escape the warping of the Moral Matrix. Recognize the “ying and yang” of moral non-duality. “If you want the truth to stand clear before you, never be for or against. The struggle between ‘for’ and ‘against’ is the mind’s worst disease.” – Jonathan Haidt, quoting Sent-ts’an, from 700CE China.

Francis: Listen more. Question Assumptions. Listen even more.

The Kids Table Collective: Leave no stone, no toilet seat unturned in search for the origins of life!Our work begins.

Begin with a breath. (Breath precedes initiation).

Thank you TED.23ef515.gif     We Love You! M. A. from L. A.


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2 Responses to “TED Day 4: What’s the Point?”

  1. KC Says:

    Dearest MA!
    THANK-YOU THANK-YOU THANK-YOU!!! Reading these blogs has been so informative and inspiring. It seems one of the thoughts in this last posting have echoed all of our empirical sentiments as far as the world being broken.
    I just finished reading “Man’s Search for Meaning” in which Victor Frankel suggests neuroses can only be solved by the individual’s identification of their individual purpose for living (he calls this logotherapy). Although this is a truncated perversion of his ideas; it seems to me that we can collectively agree as humans that we have found meaning together at this moment in fixing this broken world. I am so excited about TED and other examples of this- to you and all my peers who are moving this idea into action. Happy to be breathing with all of you right now!!

  2. spacesuityoga Says:

    KC thanks for your comment. Yes, finding one’s purpose, one’s dharma, if you will, in the world seems to be the lesson sages of the past have left for us to learn. I think that’s what Karen Armstrong was intimating when she spoke of religion as behaviors: Buddhists breathing, Jewish men and women restoring body/minds in the mikvah, Islamic prayer and genuflection at Mecca, Christian song — the numerous ways in which we begin to work in a whole-body, whole brain way to restore and refresh our sense of being in balance with ourselves and the world.

    I’m so glad you mentioned reading Frankel as he and his generation of deep thinkers recognized the need for meaning in the midst of mass destruction (WWII and the Atom Bomb).
    If TED, by asking the BIG QUESTIONS, pointed to anything, it was the collective desire to make enough meaning to feel as if life sparkles even in the dark.

    Please send over any other books or thoughts and I will pass them to this generative, generous community!

    Zoom Zoom!

    M. A. from L. A.

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