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How we can face the future without fear, together | Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

Update: 2017-07-1110


It's a fateful moment in history. We've seen divisive elections, divided societies and the growth of extremism -- all fueled by anxiety and uncertainty. 'Is there something we can do, each of us, to be able to face the future without fear?' asks Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks. In this electrifying talk, the spiritual leader gives us three specific ways we can move from the politics of 'me' to the politics of 'all of us, together.'

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this Ted Talk features Rabbi Lloyd live at ten twenty seventeen the these other times said Thomas Paine that try men's souls and that trying hours now this is a fateful moment in the history of the West we've seen divisive elections and divided societies we've seen a growth of extremists in politics and religion all of it fueled by anxiety uncertainty and fear of the world exchanging almost foster them we can bear and the sure knowledge that it's going to change fonts to still have a friend in Washington announced Morton was like being in America during the recent presidential election he said to me Well it was like the man sitting on the deck of the Titanic with a glass of whiskey in his hand and saying I know I asked for but this is ridiculous so is this something we can do each of us to be able to face the future without fear I think there is one way in to induce to see that perhaps the most simple way into a culture and into an ages to asked What do people worship people of worship for many different things that some of the stars the storm some people worship many gods someone some mom in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries people worship the nation the area in right as the communist state what do we worship I think future anthropologists will take a look at the books we read on self help self realize a sian self esteem the look of the way we talk about morality as being true to oneself the way we talk about politics as a matter of individual rights and they look at this wonderful new religious ritual we've create another one cold the selfie and I think they'll conclude that what we worship in our time is the self the me the honor this is great it's liberating it's empowering it's wonderful but don't forget that biologically with social animals we spent most of our evolutionary history in small groups we need those face to face interactions where we learn the choreography of altruism and where we create those spiritual goods like friendship and trust and loyalty and love that redeem our soul which one we have too much of the RI and too little of the week we can find ourselves vulnerable fearful and alone it was no accident that Sherry took with MIT called the book she wrote on the impact of social media alone together I think the simplest way of safeguarding the future you this distraction the future OS in three dimensions the US of relationship the loss of identity and the US of responsibility so let me first take the loss of relationship in here forgive me if I get the snow once upon a time a very long time ago I was a twenty year old undergraduate studying philosophy I was into nature and Chopin how aren't Sartre and come oo I was full of ontological uncertainty and existential act he was or if I was self obsessed and thoroughly unpleasant to mow until one day I sold across the courtyard ago whose everything that I was and she radiated sunshine she emanates the jaw I found out a name was Elaine we met the toll we merit and forty seven years three children eight grandchildren later I can safely say is the best decision I ever took in my life because it's the people not like OS that make us grow and that is why I think we have to do just that the trouble with Google filters Facebook friends and reading the news by narrow coastal roads broadcasting means that we're surrounded almost entirely by people like us whose views opinions whose prejudices even just like our cast something of poverty shown that if we surround our souls of people with the same views is enough we get more extreme I think we need to renew those face to face encounters with the people not like us I think we need to do that in order to realize that we can disagree strongly and yet still stay friends it's in those face to face encounters that we discovered that the people not like us are just people like us and actually every time we hold out the hand of friendship to what somebody not like us whose close so creed or color different from how we heal one of the fractious of our wounded world that is the US of relationship second is the loss of identity let me give you a thought experiment given to Washington have you seen the Memorial's absolute faith as the Lincoln Memorial Gettysburg address on one side second inaugural on the other you go to the Jefferson Memorial screens of text Martin Luther King memorial moment dozen quotes from speeches I didn't realize in America read more Now go to the equivalent in London in Parliament Square and you'll see that the monument to David Lloyd George contains three workouts David Lloyd George Nelson the US through the gate just one church the why the difference of ten Why the difference because America was from the outset the nation of wave after wave of immigrants so it had to create an identity which she did by telling a story which you learnt in school you read on Memorial's knew her droopy to him presidential inaugural addresses written until recently was in the nation of immigrants or it could take identity for granted the trouble is now the two things happens which shouldn't of happened to cover the first thing is in the West we thought telling the story of who we are and why even in America and at the same time immigration is higher than it's ever been before so when you tell a story and your identity is strong you can welcome the stranger but when you stop telling us your identity gets weak and you feel threatened by the strange and that's bad I tell you Jews have been scattered and dispersed in exile to two thousand years we never lost our identity white because at least one CIA on the festival parts over we told the story and we taught it to our children and we at the unleavened bread of affliction and tasted the bit of flavor so we never lost our identity I think collectively we're going to get back to telling our story who we are where we came from what ideals by which we live and if that happens we will become strong enough to welcome the stranger and say Come and share our lives share our stories share aspirations and tree that is the US of identity and finally the house of responsibility you know something my favorite phrase in all of politics very American phrase is We the People why we the people because it sets that we all share a collective responsibility for our collective future and that's how things really on Should Have you noticed how magical think has taken over all it so we say we're going to do is elect this strong leader and he or she will solve all problems for us believe me that is magical thing and then we get the extremes the far right the far left extreme religious in the three anti religious far right dreaming of a Golden Age that never was the far left dreaming of a utopia that never will be and the religious and anti religious equally convinced that all it takes is called or the absence of going to save us from I felt that too is magical thinking because the only people who will save us from ourselves is we the people all of this together and when we do that and when we move from the politics of me to the politics of all of us together we rediscover those beautiful counter intuitive truths that a nation is strong when weak as for the week that it becomes rich when Nick as for the Paul becomes invulnerable when they cast about the vulnerable fact is what makes great eye the so here is my simple suggestion might just change your life and it might just help to begin to change was due a search and replace operation on the text of your mind and wherever you encounter the word itself substitute the word of so instead of self help of a house instead of self esteem of the wrist and if you do that you will begin to feel the power of what for me is one of the most moving sentences or religiously which the white wall through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil for you all with we can face any future without fear so long as we know we will not face it alone so for the sake of the future 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How we can face the future without fear, together | Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks