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What we need to change

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On another note, I have had a very bright and wonderful, yet very short conversation with a Greek friend of mine today. We were talking about how Greece needs a radical change – just as the rest of the world. I think the age of the 21st century is doomed. The world needs to start of into a new venture, a new age of a new philosophy in living.

It is not something we cannot do. Humanity has done it before – multiple times. We (Europeans) have broken out of the Dark Ages to come into Renaissance and start something completely new. Asia is still reinventing itself as a continent of progress and spearheading in development of ever-new tools to make life easier.

So, as a species capable of totally revamping everything that comes our way (even DNA and atoms), we should be thinking about how we can make this life worth living for ourselves. Selfish, you say? I say not.

Or do you feel happy and accomplished when you know that this second thousands of people may be dying because of hunger, preventable illnesses, and other things that make life miserable for another human being? I don’t.

Well, one interesting bit of the conversation my Greek friend (doesn’t this sound so cool?!) and I had was that he was talking about new leaders cheering us on. I immediately said that I think the age of leaders is over. I called the term leader to be “90s Harvard business school” like. He laughed at this and said that he meant they should be leaders to cheer us on to change things, the way we live, fate, or whatever you think needs changing. But I still believe that the idea of a leader showing the way is a wrong concept in this context.

In this time and age (sounds boring, I know), we are used to a decentralized life. We watch TV in our kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, sometimes even the living room. We tweet while we’re surrounded by people in the subway to tell the friends we have all over the world that the Starbucks guy messed up our latte this morning. We blog for people we don’t know hoping to have one or two readers who agree with the nonsense that goes on in our heads. We buy stuff online and offline, we need a phone to be happy (yes, I am getting a new one soon!), we read books on a machine that looks like a book instead of going to the library or a book club.

All these things aren’t bad or good. They just are the way things are. But we do have to be aware of how things are to be successful in changing them to a new (maybe even better) way of being. Now the question is, how do you go about changing things in a decentralized world? Well, in history it has proven to be clever to use existing infrastructure to bring down a system. Which means the best way to change the existing system is to work change through it – decentralized.

This means using social media, protests such as the once for “Occupy [insert city here]”, word of mouth, totally chaotic, random, insane actions to bring about the change humanity needs. This also calls for a non-utilization of leaders. Because leaders mean order – the order of leader and following, the one and the crowd – and in this case we need chaos much more than anything. Chaos brings about beauty. It makes us think outside the box and reorganize everything we once knew.

We don’t need leaders, we need chaos.

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Leadership and Ethics

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Yesterday, I heard an interesting and moving lecture about the effects that a moment of only a couple of minutes can have on your understanding of life.

Asra Nomani, who wrote the book “Standing Alone in Mecca: An American Woman’s Struggle for the Soul of Islam” came to Mansfield University yesterday from Morgantown, WV to talk about leadership and ethical challenges the 21st century has brought to us.

She did so by telling her story and the personal decisions she had to make. Some have been small, others have had a greater impact in her and other people’s lives. But everyone of them made her understand and feel what her identity in this modern world is.

Being an international student who comes from a different cultural background, I become aware of how I am different from natives every day – through language, habits, customs, food, etc. It has been helping me to find out who I am. I adapted to a new environment and took some culturally defined traits over and rejected to adopt others. I kept some definitions I had and revised others. I have been redesigning mySelf.

Finding your own identity is really important in the world you and I live in. It is a globalized world that makes it easier for people to try to convince you of how you should think, feel and act. This can have negative and positive impacts on you and, indirectly, on your friends, family and all other people you interact with.

To have an understanding of who you are will give you the ability to know what you want in life and why you do want and/or need it. It can help you to be clear in your mind and develop strength.

I have been talking to a fellow student and he said he wasn’t drawn into her speech enough. He thought it was to plain. I was fully indulged in every word she said.

You have to be open to be changed in order to be able to change this world.