Helping, fixing, and serving represent three different ways of seeing life. When you help, you see life as weak. When you fix, you see life as broken. When you serve, you see life as whole. Fixing and helping may be the work of the ego, and service the work of the soul.
–Rachel Remen, author, teacher, and pioneer in integrative medicine
Good artists copy. Great artists steal.
Beware the barrenness of a busy life.
The process for testing new drugs is clunky at best. As Susan Solomon reveals in her TED Talk, drug discovery on average takes 13 years, costs $4 billion, and has a 99% failure rate. Drugs are tested in the lab, then in animals, then in human trials that often aren’t big enough to be conclusive. (Human beings have a near infinite number of differences — a truly amazing thing, until different bodies start reacting in unpredictable ways to the same treatment.) As Roger Stein shares in his TED Talk, because of the incredible challenges inherent in this system, about 20 years of life-saving drugs sit in labs, untested.
Many TED speakers have shared intriguing ideas for streamlining, improving and rethinking…
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I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.
– Rabindranath Tagore, Bengali polymath who reshaped Bengali literature and music in the late 19th and early 20th centuries
Your life’s work begins when your great joy meets the world’s great hunger.
– Kate Bornstein, American author, playwright, performance artist, and gender theorist
Education is the ability to meet life’s situations.
— Dr. John G. Hibben