Welcome to Ted Talk Thursday! The first week of each month I will be highlighting a Ted Talk video and sharing my feelings, views, and any other thoughts. I love watching Ted Talk videos and usually watch the videos on my bus ride home everyday. I think the videos are great opportunities to expand my horizons and connect with others. By watching these videos I can become engrossed in a story without fear of awkward social interactions, as a stare at the speaker. Below is the video of Manwar Ali, highlighting his life as a former radical Jihadist:
I felt that this was the perfect Ted Talk video to start this new series off with. The speaker, Manwar Ali, has been on both sides of the spectrum of fighting for people. Just like most other people, he began life as an innocent child. Sadly, he was surrounded by death at a young age and felt that becoming a radical jihadist was the only way to stop mass suffering. His case displays the power of nurture, as well as the power of desperate situations inciting action.People with two opposing life experiences, to me, are very valuable and worth listening to. They are valuable, because experiences usually make people wiser. In fact, one experience that Ali talks about makes him question his violence. Without experience, people can only act on assumption and desire, a dangerous mix. We must realize that these people with experiences in life on different sides of any given spectrum, are capable of bringing people together. Ali’s story highlights the power of early childhood moments and keeping an open mind. Ali’s story highlights the importance of evaluating how well your actions reflect your beliefs. It is important to solidify your beliefs, wants, desires, and what have you to make sure your actions follow them. You must learn to let go of cruel and unjust behaviors, to approach the world with love, as Ali says.
“If you want peace, you don’t talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies”