Nala Duma discusses existentialism and monsters in his TED talk.
“I thought about this very idealistic lifestyle in which existentialism could exist. To me, it’s a lifestyle in which true freedom exists.”
“If we define alternatives to what being human means, then we can define ourselves.”
“The birth of a society’s monsters begins with the gestation of certain fears.”
“A person or thing must also reflect the undesirable characteristics of a society as well to become a monster”
“They are fearful of the threat of these young men’s being to their own quality of life and privilege” – Duma on police officers and black men
“Once we make these people into monsters, other black boys begin to fear their blackness.”
“Our society makes people into monsters. We make these black boys into monsters, then we kill them.”
“When I see myself in boys like Trayvon, I also see myself in the dead body that’s lying face first on the ground.”
“Let’s get started!” – Arnav as he took the stage.
“I see kids here at FHS take their education for granted every day, even me sometimes”
“As Benjamin Franklin once said, time is money. If I spend my effort and time, it’s equivalent to me donating money”
“I speak not for myself, but for those without a voice.” – Boppudi quotes Malala Yousafzai in his TEDx talk.
“I urge everyone here to simply appreciate everything they have. Just show appreciation. Thank you.”
“Technology is a game-changer. Literally” – Neeta Singh
“We have to go beyond injury prevention and reach into the realm of injury research”
“All of this data is sent in real-time to a hand-held device used by trainers on the sidelines”
“Products like these have transformed the technological landscape of every average American” – Singh on Fitbits, Jawbone Up’s, and other devices
“Technology is revolutionizing both personal and professional athleticism“
Sabra McBride discusses redefining celebrity
“She was a little girl with a huge heart” – Sabra McBridge describing Rachel Beckwith, a philanthropist who is McBride’s type of celebrity
“Patricia Moore, at the age of 26, started a social research project to find out how stores treated the elderly”
For Sabra McBride, her celebrities may be people you’ve never even heard of.
“When Alex was very young, he realized that many homeless children didn’t have toys to play with” – McBride on Alex Triestman’s inspiration for his charitable organisation
“She started an organization for a malaria-free world”
“I’d like to change the definition of celebrity to being ‘recognized or celebrated’ for doing something worthwhile“
“What I want this time is for me to be able to offer them my book, and for them to take it, read it, enjoy it, and take knowledge from it.” – Balan on the importance of encouraging literacy
“She shook her head, and said no. I was confused” – Balan on handing a book to an Indian girl who couldn’t read.
“I realized how, if reading had such a positive impact on my life, how negative of an effect it had on those who couldn’t read”
“98% of illiterate people are concentrated in thee major areas. Two thirds are women. In the U.S., some take literacy for granted”
“14% of our adult population can’t read. 21% of adults read below a fifth grade level.”
“The U.S. continues to have one of the highest relative child poverty rates among developed countries”
“This is clearly not an easy issue to solve, or it would have been fixed by now.“
“In my World Imagined, I just wanted to be normal” – David Rosen.
“I was always being told about the things I didn’t do well, or that I had to do differently”
“In my World Imagined, I just wanted to be normal”
“I started to realize that a lot of my behaviors and challenges were the result of my brain behaving differently”
“It is these scientifically proven differences that make the struggles of ADHD more than just a myth”
“I felt angry. Angry at the monster, and angry at the world” – Rosen on the “monster” that his ADHD was.
“I learned that while we may need to adjust some of our behaviors, we don’t need to change who we really are.”
“Everyone has a choice between anger and pessimism and happiness and optimism. Everyone has their monsters we just need to know how to tame them.”
How will you turn your “complaining” into “changing”? Gabrielle Turner may have the answer.
“High school is NOT like the movies.”
“What if people put the same amount of energy they put into complaining and put it into productive change?”
“People complain to avoid responsibility.”
“It’s easier to acknowledge a problematic situation than to take the steps to change it.”
“We went there to educate ourselves about diversity and other pressing issues in the forefront of America.”
“The actions of a few can and will lead to a greater impact for the many.“