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A Love Letter to Realism in A Time of Grief

When faced with life’s toughest circumstances, how should we respond: as an optimist, a realist, or something else? In an unforgettable talk, explorer Mark Pollock and human rights lawyer Simone George explore the tension between acceptance and hope in times of grief — and share the groundbreaking work they’re undertaking to cure paralysis.

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TED: Ideas Worth Spreading
TED: Ideas Worth Spreadinghttps://www.ted.com/
TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment, and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.

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  1. It is not possible to think of a life where there is no pain and suffering, it is not possible to think of a perfect life, without smudges and imperfections. Pain and suffering are not abstractions, but realities from which we cannot escape. On the one hand, life shows all its precariousness, unfathomability, non-programming, on the other hand, paradoxically, precisely this precariousness makes it precious because it is unique and unrepeatable. Suffering remains a negative reality in our life; you cannot rejoice in front of it, but the only way to redeem it on a human level is to know how to recognize it for what it is, to look it in the face, not to be afraid to make it a moment of reflection in the various moments of your life. All this feeds hope, increases courage, revives the desire to start again.

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