Christian Long

Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf: Lose Your Ego, Find Your Compassion

In TED Talks on April 20, 2010 at 11:28 pm

Reflection by TAYLOR C.

Original TED page w/ speaker bio, links, comments, etc:

Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf: Lose Your Ego, Find Your Compassion

Note:  This video is not available on YouTube (to embed here); go to the link above for the official TED site link above to watch it.

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Honestly, I am was having a very difficult time understanding what was going on in this video. I knew it was a simple concept, basically saying that people need to lose there egos, gain a little selflessness and start thinking about the well being of others. There are still a few grey areas, but I will still try to explain it in the best possible way that I can.

Mr. Rauf’s method of presenting such a concept initially seems to only cater to a specific group of people. But eventually he begins to make it relate-able to other people (such as myself) who do not practice Muslim traditions. He began with using verses from the Koran and Bible that express Gods expectations from his people/creations or servants. It is expected that we (Gods people) do all of which we are told by our creator regardless of what our flesh wants to do. The Bible explains that we are not our own people, but we are the disciples of God that were placed on earth to do one thing, which is to serve him in our own specific way.

No where in either the Bible nor Koran is room for people and our own ‘egos’ or ‘flesh’ desires mentioned. Which is why Mr. Rauf was saying there is no room for it in this world. The world is going through too many changes and dilemmas to allow such things to hold us back. The main idea that Mr. Rauf was trying to get across is that the only way we will all make it through these rough times is if we stop looking in the mirror and begin to focus on what is going on around us and try to make a difference in others lives. If everyone in the world takes on this idea, i promise things will begin to improve rapidly.

After watching this video a few times, I began to realize this video ultimately has nothing to do with religion.

Mr. Rauf is only trying to get the world to see that we could all afford to be better people, and better the world around us. It may just be me, but I don’t think you have to be religious or read a great book (such as the Bible) just to be a good person.

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