“Everything is a matter of perspective”. I am sure that you have heard this before many times, but how often do you think about it?Your perspective is one of the most important aspects of your world, cause it is literally the world that you create for you.
Marcus Aurelius said – «Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.» Friedrich Nietzsche said it in a more simple way – «There are no facts, only interpretations.» We could say that we must feed our minds with great interpretations of the world in order to reach greater understanding and growth in life.
It’s important to acknowledge the fact, that the world that you create is a conscious action and can be different every time that you change your thoughts. There are many ways to feed your mind properly today and one of them is by watching a few great TED or TEDx talks.
1. How To End The Food Waste Fiasco | Rob Greenfield
Rob Greenfield is an activist and adventurer whose purpose is to inspire health, happiness, and freedom on Earth and he’s dedicated his life to this mission.
«In the United States, we waste about half of all the food we produce, which means that we produce enough food to feed about two entire American populations, all while 50 million Americans are food insecure»
He donates 100% of his media income to grassroots nonprofits and all that he wants from you is to join him in making the world a happier, healthier place for all.
- Tales of ice-bound wonderlands | Paul Nicklen
Paul Nicklen photographs the creatures of the Arctic and Antarctic, well-known for his wildlife photos for National Geographic, aiming to generate global awareness on climate change. In his talk, the contrast of emotions between the wonderful images and the importance of the message is beyond words.
«I want the people to understand and get the concept that, if we lose ice, we stand to lose an entire ecosystem»
3. Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong | Johann Hari
One of the most serious problems in our societies is the big amount of people that are ruining their lives cause of their drug addiction. Our governments are spending billions to solve the problem and we are fighting the war on drugs for more than 100 years.
«The thing I realized that really blew my mind is that almost everything we think we know about addiction is wrong, and if we start to absorb the new evidence about addiction, I think that we’re going to have to change a lot more than our drug policies.»
Johann Hari, who spent three years researching the war on drugs, is offering a new view towards the problem with ideas definitely worth spreading.
4. Hidden miracles of the natural world | Louie Schwartzberg
Louie Schwartzberg is a cinematographer, director, and producer who captures breathtaking images that celebrate life — revealing connections, universal rhythms, patterns, and beauty.
» We are on the threshold of extraordinary advances, born of our drive to unveil the mysteries of life.»
- All it takes is 10 mindful minutes | Andy Puddicombe
Andy Puddicombe, being considered today as a mindfulness expert, he is talking about meditation, experiencing the present moment, and how they can transform your life. A few strong and serious events at the age of twenty forced him to quit his degree and become a monk in the Himalayas in order to study meditation.
«Well, whatever it is, meditation offers the opportunity, the potential to step back and to get a different perspective, to see that things aren’t always as they appear»
6. Life is easy. Why do we make it so hard? | Jon Jandai
Jon Jandai is a farmer from Thailand, who founded the «Pun Pun Center», an organic farm, where people are educating themselves on sustainable living while protecting rare seeds. In his talk, you can have a taste of a very different approach to life, where everything seems to be easy.
«A bird can make a nest in one or two days, a rat can dig a hole in one night, but we, the clever humans, can spend 30 years to gain a house.»
From his point of view, we are living in the most uncivilized era of humans on earth.