“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.
A TED talk that is followed by your own research, it is certainly a cool way to feed your mind today. In this list, you can explore the world through different eyes, with people talking about the madness of food waste in our world, addiction, nature, stress, and our attitude towards life.
1. How To End The Food Waste Fiasco | Rob Greenfield
Rob Greenfield’s main purpose in life is to inspire health, happiness, and freedom on earth and he loves doing that in surprisingly strange ways. In his talk, he is sharing his experience and the lessons that he learned after he started feeding himself from dumpsters next to grocery stores.
“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”
Many times we feel helpless by the illusion that we are not in a position to change things in the world. The truth is, that if you pay attention to your little daily actions and how they affect your environment, then you can easily be part of the solution.
- Tales of ice-bound wonderlands | Paul Nicklen
Paul Nicklen, well-known for his wildlife photos for National Geographic, he photographs the creatures of the Arctic and Antarctic with an aim to generate global awareness on climate change. 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”
The first step towards change is awareness, and he is currently raising more awareness with Sea Legacy, a collaboration of some of the most experienced photographers, filmmakers, and storytellers working on behalf of our oceans.
3. Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong | Johann Hari
One of the biggest problems in our societies is the amount of people that are ruining their lives cause of their drug addiction. Our governments have spent 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.”
Should we fight a war on drugs in the first place? The main idea here is definitely worth spreading.
4. Hidden miracles of the natural world | Louie Schwartzberg
Louie Schwartzberg is a cinematographer, who captures breathtaking images that celebrate life, revealing connections, universal rhythms, and patterns. This is a great TED talk for broadening your perspective on the way that we are evolving by observing and imitating nature, on our forever-evolving journey through the years. You might also feel grateful for being part of our beautiful planet while watching this.
“ 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
When was the last time that you consciously took care of your mind? Our fast-paced societies created a dangerous environment for our minds, but most of the people today are still not aware of this fact. Andy Puddicombe, being considered as a mindfulness expert, he is greatly presenting how relaxing your mind and experiencing the present moment can be a transformative experience for your life.
“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. During this speech, you will 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.