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You were born with the ability to change someone’s life—don’t ever waste it.
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The author begins the first chapter of the book with the above quote. What do you think about it? Do we all have the ability to change someone's life? Have you recognized your own such ability and utilized it?
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Sushan wrote: July 7th, 2021, 10:26 pm This topic is about the July 2021 Philosophy Book of the Month, Winning the War on Cancer: The Epic Journey Towards a Natural Cure by Sylvie Beljanski

You were born with the ability to change someone’s life—don’t ever waste it.
DALE PARTRIDGE
(Location 265 of Kindle version)



The author begins the first chapter of the book with the above quote. What do you think about it? Do we all have the ability to change someone's life? Have you recognized your own such ability and utilized it?
I would change the word "ability" with "opportunity", since social interaction can change our appreciation of things that we find very important. Naturally all of us have changed the lives of those close to use, both positively and negatively. The goal is to rack up way more positive than negative.
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People aren't fundamentally good or fundamentally bad, we're fundamentally trying to survive. It's the environment and culture which tells us what that's going to be.
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LuckyR wrote: July 8th, 2021, 2:16 am
Sushan wrote: July 7th, 2021, 10:26 pm This topic is about the July 2021 Philosophy Book of the Month, Winning the War on Cancer: The Epic Journey Towards a Natural Cure by Sylvie Beljanski

You were born with the ability to change someone’s life—don’t ever waste it.
DALE PARTRIDGE
(Location 265 of Kindle version)



The author begins the first chapter of the book with the above quote. What do you think about it? Do we all have the ability to change someone's life? Have you recognized your own such ability and utilized it?
I would change the word "ability" with "opportunity", since social interaction can change our appreciation of things that we find very important. Naturally all of us have changed the lives of those close to use, both positively and negatively. The goal is to rack up way more positive than negative.
A good concept. Yes, it is more an opportunity than an ability. It is up to you to choose whether to utilize that opportunity or not.

We all have exerted some sort of influence over the lives of those who are close to us. What retains will depend on the strength of the influence and the influence from various other sources. And our influence can be either bad or good.

But I think there are people who inherit this as an actual ability, and they choose to change the lives of others in large scales. Public speakers and spiritual guides are few of them, whether they do it genuinely or not.
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Papus79 wrote: July 8th, 2021, 1:09 pm
Well, this is a quote which is recently formed and spread through Twitter targeting the rumoured hhypothesis of the novel Corona virus being infected to humans by a person eating a undercooked bat. I am not certain about the credibility of that information, yet I agree that a person can change the world, and there areany examples like Edison, Einstein, Tesla, etc.
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Sushan wrote: July 8th, 2021, 9:48 pm Well, this is a quote which is recently formed and spread through Twitter targeting the rumoured hhypothesis of the novel Corona virus being infected to humans by a person eating a undercooked bat. I am not certain about the credibility of that information, yet I agree that a person can change the world, and there areany examples like Edison, Einstein, Tesla, etc.
Oh I'd agree, the upshot it's much easier to be famous cutting wind and starting a tsunami than it is to get a Nobel prize, be the first person on Mars, etc..
People aren't fundamentally good or fundamentally bad, we're fundamentally trying to survive. It's the environment and culture which tells us what that's going to be.
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Papus79 wrote: July 8th, 2021, 9:52 pm
Sushan wrote: July 8th, 2021, 9:48 pm Well, this is a quote which is recently formed and spread through Twitter targeting the rumoured hhypothesis of the novel Corona virus being infected to humans by a person eating a undercooked bat. I am not certain about the credibility of that information, yet I agree that a person can change the world, and there areany examples like Edison, Einstein, Tesla, etc.
Oh I'd agree, the upshot it's much easier to be famous cutting wind and starting a tsunami than it is to get a Nobel prize, be the first person on Mars, etc..
You are correct. For some reason the negative things are easy to perform and you will instantly influence a large amount of people and will be famous worldwide. But the good things are hard to perform and cost a lot, and more often ending in failure. We speak about Edison because he succeeded in inventing the bulb. But how many would have been tried and failed and just forgotten in the history books. At the same time we see many serial killers who have left a permanent mark on the history books making people talk about them even today. (E.g. Ted Bundy)
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Sushan wrote: July 8th, 2021, 9:18 pm
LuckyR wrote: July 8th, 2021, 2:16 am
Sushan wrote: July 7th, 2021, 10:26 pm This topic is about the July 2021 Philosophy Book of the Month, Winning the War on Cancer: The Epic Journey Towards a Natural Cure by Sylvie Beljanski

You were born with the ability to change someone’s life—don’t ever waste it.
DALE PARTRIDGE
(Location 265 of Kindle version)



The author begins the first chapter of the book with the above quote. What do you think about it? Do we all have the ability to change someone's life? Have you recognized your own such ability and utilized it?
I would change the word "ability" with "opportunity", since social interaction can change our appreciation of things that we find very important. Naturally all of us have changed the lives of those close to use, both positively and negatively. The goal is to rack up way more positive than negative.
A good concept. Yes, it is more an opportunity than an ability. It is up to you to choose whether to utilize that opportunity or not.

We all have exerted some sort of influence over the lives of those who are close to us. What retains will depend on the strength of the influence and the influence from various other sources. And our influence can be either bad or good.

But I think there are people who inherit this as an actual ability, and they choose to change the lives of others in large scales. Public speakers and spiritual guides are few of them, whether they do it genuinely or not.
No doubt, some have a much larger megaphone than average. But usually megaphones impact huge numbers at a shallow depth, whereas personal interactions impact one or a few, but perhaps to their core.
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LuckyR wrote: July 9th, 2021, 2:43 am
Sushan wrote: July 8th, 2021, 9:18 pm
LuckyR wrote: July 8th, 2021, 2:16 am
Sushan wrote: July 7th, 2021, 10:26 pm This topic is about the July 2021 Philosophy Book of the Month, Winning the War on Cancer: The Epic Journey Towards a Natural Cure by Sylvie Beljanski



DALE PARTRIDGE
(Location 265 of Kindle version)



The author begins the first chapter of the book with the above quote. What do you think about it? Do we all have the ability to change someone's life? Have you recognized your own such ability and utilized it?
I would change the word "ability" with "opportunity", since social interaction can change our appreciation of things that we find very important. Naturally all of us have changed the lives of those close to use, both positively and negatively. The goal is to rack up way more positive than negative.
A good concept. Yes, it is more an opportunity than an ability. It is up to you to choose whether to utilize that opportunity or not.

We all have exerted some sort of influence over the lives of those who are close to us. What retains will depend on the strength of the influence and the influence from various other sources. And our influence can be either bad or good.

But I think there are people who inherit this as an actual ability, and they choose to change the lives of others in large scales. Public speakers and spiritual guides are few of them, whether they do it genuinely or not.
No doubt, some have a much larger megaphone than average. But usually megaphones impact huge numbers at a shallow depth, whereas personal interactions impact one or a few, but perhaps to their core.
If you want a bigger impact, yes you should act personally and the plans should be tailor made. A mentor is a good example. A mentor won't go up a stage and speak to a large audience, but will speak to a few, repeatedly and will change their whole souls and behaviours (a good mentor).

Public influencers can attract and reach larger crowds. But when they leave their audience only a very little of what they told will return.
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