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Dare to refuse the origin myths that claim who you are | Chetan Bhatt

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We all have origin stories and identity myths, our tribal narratives that give us a sense of security and belonging. But sometimes our small-group identities can keep us from connecting with humanity as a whole — and even keep us even from seeing others as human. In a powerful talk about how we understand who we are, Chetan Bhatt challenges us to think creatively about each other and our future. As he puts it: it's time to change the question from "Where are you from?" to "Where are you going?"

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45 Comments on Dare to refuse the origin myths that claim who you are | Chetan Bhatt

  1. The problem is that the people who need to listen to this, dont listen to these.

  2. The Sneezing Picture // 15th September 2017 at 4:55 pm // Reply

    The comments section for this video is going to be TOXIC. People don’t like hearing that the stories they’ve lived by *may* not be true.

    • Thomaster шлепанцы // 16th September 2017 at 3:48 am // Reply

      Yeah, with him being male and masculine, there’s no way he’s going to get downvoted and attacked without anyone even watching the video like we’re used to. Also, you slightly underestimated the average TED subscriber’s capacity for reason.

    • The Sneezing Picture // 16th September 2017 at 7:43 am // Reply

      Thomaster шлепанцы I will admit that I temporarily forgot this was a TED channel, which certainly contributed to my estimation of the toxicity of the comments section. And if I’m proven wrong, I will be happy

    • “you slightly underestimated the average TED subscriber’s capacity for reason”
      On TED’s website, I have actually seen most commentators give thoughtful ideas, regardless of whether or not they disagree with the presenter.
      On YouTube TED videos however, especially in recent times (coincidentally around the time Trump became popular in the US, but I’m not certain about this correlation) here on YouTube I have seen soooooooooooooooo many idiotic and brainless angry commenters who only see the world through their keyhole.

      So it’s not the TED audience itself; it’s the YT TED audience.

    • The Sneezing Picture people dont like red herrings

  3. Interesting. I have, for a long time now, gradually shrugged off many nationalistic, ethnic and religious ‘labels’ that have been imposed on me by circumstances of birth. I am happy, as much as one can be and live in a modern society with rules (good and less good), to be just ME. My philosophy …. “screw labels”.

    • +Lucas D I’ve often noticed that sons of strong leaders and sons of mavericks are often stuck under their father’s shadows, less confidant, unable to reach or exceed the same heights of their forefathers, etc. Identity is important but if you let yourself be defined by that like many underachievers do( frankly speaking I think they do this because they have noting else going for them) then you’ll never be able to fully be yourself and blaze a trail. On a broader level if we put preservatives on culture then it will stagnate. This is why cultural appropriation should be seen as a positive thing. Steal and remix and make something new.

    • Lucas D
      Interesting question: Who are you? Are you the labels pinned on you by circumstance, or are you something and someone more? Perhaps even something or somebody not at all touched by said labels and circumstances?
      You might find it educational to ask yourself, repeatedly, “Who am I?”, and then reject the answer if it turns out to be one of those labels, or your job, or your name. Eventually, you might arrive at an answer that will ring true and that cannot be rejected as some outside label somebody pinned on you. Or you may not.

    • Lose your imposed identity and find your self, moron.

    • Christopher Michael // 18th September 2017 at 10:21 am // Reply

      Graham Palmer Nationality game in this world is awesome. Just not that positive, though. The example in my country is how much Malaysia has (accidentally or not I don’t know) been claiming some of my nation’s culture (I am Indonesian) and how some of the citizens react to that 🙁

    • Нора Щербакова // 22nd September 2017 at 3:57 pm // Reply

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  4. That is definitely a good message, criticise your origin myths!

  5. Gamer of Gr8ness // 15th September 2017 at 6:08 pm // Reply

    This guy talks so much sense.

  6. Respect My Autoritah! // 15th September 2017 at 6:45 pm // Reply

    I have done that already. I am a liberal atheist. I don’t need a country or a god. I have not killed anyone, i haven’t raped children. I help an old lady cross the street or someone make a phone call… not because someone will burn me forever or cause Santa Clause will not give me a gift. but because of the reasons. Because i need people to help me later on… or maybe not. Or just because it feels good to do good. Christians don’t understand that. Their world is based on fear, or reward .

    • Respect My Autoritah! // 16th September 2017 at 9:49 pm // Reply

      +Agnostic Atheist The claim still stands and the evidence is missing, therefore the most rational thing to do is withhold belief, or in other words :to be an atheist.

    • I think the whole point of this video was to discard religious and political identity in favour of personal identity. It’s questioning the idea of tradition in both religious and political fields.

      You sort of missed the point when you said “i am a liberal”
      You a worthless bag of flesh born on the same rock under the same sun as every other worthless bags of flesh, deal with it.

    • And to put a point on the whole christianity arguement. 60% of the bible is practically blasphemy, since Jesus tried to fight against the ideals of the old hebrew text (now the old testament) and everything after jesus was mainly 50% philosophers applying his teachings to different areas and the other half is the church trying to see how far they could push religious law during the middle ages.

    • Respect My Autoritah! // 21st September 2017 at 9:42 am // Reply

      thomas jones we are not the same. Your iq is not the same as my iq. I don’t know you and you probably are smarter then me, but don’t say i am the same with a person that does not understand anything. That’s just rude. I learned thousands and thousands of hours and some people i know are hicks. Tough, when i compare myself to Stephen Hawking, it seems like we are a different species. It’s weird, how big the differences in iq can be between members of a species.

  7. One has to just take a moment of his/her life and think about what this guy just said. This is really powerful stuff, and goes for all religions, everywhere in the world.

  8. Typical senseless drivel by a loony apologist. They are dime a dozen in Europe.

  9. I’m a Syrian living in Syria. It seems like the trend for people these days is to always try to insult me by telling me, “Why are you a SyrianArabMuslim?” when they first meet me, and asking me “Why am I so under-educateddon’t speak Englishevil toward womenor ‘inferior’?”

    I say, “I am an atheist; I have in depth studied 5 different cultures from around the world, and I speak their languages; I am a feminist; I hate war; and I respect democracy and do not hate Europe. I am not my place of birth. I did not choose my place of birth, neither did you, Mr. ‘Superior.’ Please get to know me as a human before you judge me.”

    I don’t believe anyone has the right to take pride in the good deeds hisher ancestors did, nor do heshe deserve to be punished for their evil deeds; you did nothing of that (good and bad), and the same goes for me and everyone.
    Please let’s start seeing each other as humans.

    • Yamen .S Well… my friend, with beliefs like yours I guess Syria is not a very safe place for you.

    • It’s not, but it’s not safe for anyone here.
      Yes, indeed some people do challenge me, and sometimes some people even isolate me because of my beliefs.
      However, I treat people equally, and I don’t judge anyone by hisher place of birth; thus, I was easily able to find here many who are similar to me. There are way many more of human-respecting individuals here in Syria (or in other IslamicArabic lands in general) than what the American (mostly rightist) media portrays. (It’s very convenient to label all of us as demons, so they can promote discrimination against us… Labels… it all comes down to labels in the end).
      There are actually tens of thousands of us (usually we meet online, and then we meet in real life), and we are increasing by the day, especially here in Syria after all this horror.

    • I appreciate you and your comments. The interesting thing is that in some part I understand the thinking of terrorists that come from Syria and Iraq, probably a lot of Europeans would become terrorists if other nations would constantly drop bombs over theirs and theirs families heads.

  10. Being proud of ethnicity is sorta like taking credit for other people’s achievements.

    • satellite964 Being proud of your cultural heritage in no way implies that you do not recognise and appreciate the achievements of other cultures. All of humanity is a tapestry of different cultural traditions. If you say, “I love my mother”, that does not mean you hate your aunt.

      There are many examples of cultural traditions which we now treasure but which would have been lost if people had not taken pride in them. Two examples that I enjoy are Native American dance and the folklore recorded by the brothers Grimm. The world would be a poorer place if they had not been preserved by people who were passionate about their cultural heritage and mythology.

    • No, the real reason cultures die out of because they become of being stale as a result of being insulated. Just imagine of Kpop didn’t culturally appropriate American hip-hop, rock and pop. This is why I support cultural appropriation. Humans have developed through adapting each other’s ideas and making something new. BTW being proud of one’s culture is kinda similar to being proud of one’s ethnicity. Its like you had no input in it. Make something new then be proud. BTW watch Kirby Ferguson’s TED talk about remixes.

    • That is untrue. Oral storytelling in Germany died out because of the printing press. Native American culture died out as a result of deliberate genocide after being weakened by disease. The were not “stale”, they were vibrant, living cultures until they were destroyed by the actions of others.

    • +Lugh Summerson Yeah, I don’t deny that some catalysts exist. Genocide you example. But people can be resilient, I mean look at what the Japanese did to annexed Korea. But look at them now.

    • BTW Oral storytelling is a bad idea anyways. Kinda glad it died out.

  11. The best TED talk I’ve ever watched.

  12. Prahalad Karnam // 18th September 2017 at 4:50 pm // Reply

    Why are these people invited to speak when they have no clue on the history of religions, ethnicity and country. Psudeo sickular libtards!!

  13. Sebastian Lacroix // 18th September 2017 at 5:54 pm // Reply

    To destroy a people, you must first sever their roots. – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

    Keep drinking the globalist kool aid, kids.

  14. When i look at him all i can see is ghandi and nitin sharma from work. Drive me crazy the way they bludge at work. And their ideas are not historical there ideas do not fit in with reality. This is a indian trait more than anything. You will see this attitude in indians the most

  15. Surya Prakash Marepalli // 21st September 2017 at 5:13 pm // Reply

    You should read about Nathuram Godse first and then comment about him. You are surely wrong about Hinduism and RSS.

  16. You claim “Dare to refuse the origin myths that claim who you are” and you don’t forget to remove “Bhatt” from your name?

  17. Chetan’s words rang true. I came to the same conclusions on my own because my younger self detected the hypocrisy inherent in the racial and ethnic stories my own family promulgated. I ended up marrying outside of my race, and found my own spiritualism and philosophy of living – and of course I’m a work in progress – so my story continues to unfold. Nationally I’m an American – and I do love this great experiment that is the Constitution and Bill of Rights – and I’ve spent quite a bit of my youth upholding and defending it in the military. Yet that does not negate the respect I have for other places and other ways of doing things. At the most fundamental level it all boils down to what is called the golden rule in the west, and is present in nearly every other religion: “do to others as you would have them do to you.” If we all were able to keep that at the forefront of our thoughts, our actions would not lead to destructive outcomes.

  18. This guy needed a chill pill before he went on. He makes me nervous.
    In a perfect world of the future, as a human race together and not as factions.
    I’m sorry to say that is not how people are because of history and how humans are naturally.

  19. This is kinda dumb, its just basically undermining peoples beliefs

  20. Great talk, but can we just stop and admire this man’s shiny scalp?

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