I love TED. I love how there is a new world for you to explore every time you click to watch a video, or even gain some new perspective on life.
◎ I have always believed that the things we know -- that knowledge is an absolute good, that the things we have learned and carry with us in our heads are what make us who we are, as individuals and as a species.
I feel like our civilization works when this is a vast cultural heritage that we all share and that we know without having to outsource it to our devices, to our search engines and our smartphones.
("Watson, Jeopardy and me, the obsolete know-it-all", Ken Jennings, TED x SeattleU, 2013.2)
Ken Jennings! I remember following him on Jeopardy! on television during my school year!
I have been bothered by my fading memory (sounds like an old folk, huh?), and I miss those younger days when I was able to remember whatever I saw and heard. I miss that power. I do have that question, though, that in these days of information explosion, what is the need to remember?
Mr Jennings put it in a very nice and concise way. Because that makes us who we are. That shapes our culture. That is the thread that links people together, and brings us from our past to our future.
◎ You know, we were just in South Africa, and you can't go to South Africa without thinking of Mandela in jail for 27 years. What was he thinking about? Lunch? No, he was thinking about the vision for South Africa and for human beings. That's what kept -- this is about vision. This is about the long line. Like the bird who flies over the field and doesn't care about the fences underneath, all right? So now, you're going to follow the line all the way from B to E.
And this is the question: who am I being, that my players' eyes are not shining? We can do that with our children, too. Who am I being, that my children's eyes are not shining? That's a totally different world.
("The transformative power of classical music", Benjamin Zander, TED2008, 2008.2)
I was drawn by the title - how transformative this talk could get? It turned out this conductor was superb. When was the last time you were moved by a piece of music? Did you really listen to what each note is saying?
I have been having this thought these days. My background is engineering, having been taught to think in a very logical, scientific way. Now I am studying heritage conservation, as I want to broaden my horizon. And it does serve the purpose, more than I expected. It has led me to reflect on culture, history and humanity. I have been thinking, after I finish this second degree, my next step will be art. In what forms, I haven't decided yet, but I want to pursue what touches people's hearts - or at least in a selfish way, what touches my heart, what makes my eyes shine.