TED Talks are inspiring. They reach deep into perspectives so cosmic. They challenge the status quo. But is that not how we learn, and grow, and become better people?
TED Talks are an opportunity for all of us to sit up, listen and understand what lies away from our local sphere—even the far-away sights and sounds, cultures, and emotions of all textures, so to speak.
In a short video that Hollywood star, Salma Hayek posted on her Instagram platform, June 4, 2020, she makes an impassioned plea to her brothers and sisters, from Mexico and Latin America, to come around and lend support to the African Americans’ cause.
“To my Latin-American Community,” she started carefully, making cogent of the need to join the Black Lives Matter Movement and speak up against injustice. She, practically, was imploring them to drag themselves from their it’s-not-my-fight attitude, and rise to the occasion.
90% of the time, the Opposition in Uganda spends its energies lecturing government on democracy and proper management. The assumption would be that they have deeply internalized the tenets of democratic organization – especially “dialogue” and harmonization – as opposed to impulsiveness.
In its classic forms, according to Ian Tyrrell, American Exceptionalism refers to the special character of the United States as a uniquely free nation based on democratic ideals and personal liberty.
Of course, I grant it to the Americans who so hang on to their respective successes as their “Exceptionalism”. They are undeniably unique. What I sternly dissent is when they misunderstand every other civilization to be a second-rate class of humans. That is a misnomer.
“America First” was one of Donald Trump’s catchphrases during the Campaign, from which he emerged as America’s 45th President. This refrain continued into his Presidency and so has it epitomized his first month in office.