I find TED talks to be a welcome respite from this world where petty arguments and gossip are too-often the highlights of conversation. These free talks give regular ‘ol people like me the opportunity to think about something larger, to believe in change, to challenge our minds, to witness great performances, and to continue learning even after formal education has ceased. TED talks are a fabulous example of something that is going right in the world.
On to this week’s selection…
Holly Morris’ talk shows the inner peace that comes from self-determination, firm roots, fortitude, and above all–being home. I like how she juxtaposed the concept of home that many of us have (“I’m more attached to my laptop than to any piece of land”) with the firm-rooted concept of home in the minds of these Ukranian women–a concept of home so strong that it appears to even rival the effects of radiation.
If you must, you can get by with listening to the audio only. However, I do recommend that you actually watch the video so that you can see the pictures of the babushkas and the homes they created in the footprint of Chernobyl.