Reflection by SYLVIA A.
Original TED page w/ speaker bio, links, comments, etc:
Optimism is something most people look at as something that involves the idea of hope; whether it is for a better future, for someone else, or even just being a hopeful person in general. But this video in my honest opinion does not deal with the interesting facets or optimism and pessimism. This video did not appeal to me due to many reasons. It claims to be about optimism, however to me, it doesn’t seem like that’s the case.
On top of all this, the speaker presents the subject in such a manner that I can’t help but disagree with the majority of what he has to say.
However, I will agree with one thing he said and that one thing only: that people are incredibly tolerable.
However, he is very wrong to overanalyze the situation in the American context, as the world does not hate America for the reasons he states, it involves a much more political stand point then psychological, the standpoint which he seems to find meaning in rather then the political. Also, what Mr. Wright is trying to get at is a subject that is much too broad to broach in a mere twenty minute time span that TED manages to enforce.
He also uses infuriating diction, with phrases such as “Non – Zero Sum Games” and “higher business morals”. “Non – Zero Sum Games” in particular, were absolutely outrageous to me. As much as I agree with the idea that there are an equivalent amount of wins to losses in the world, I highly disagree with the principle that success should be achieved via means of working together, as the whole idea is completely anti capitalistic, a system where numerous people have come out not only winners, but have created winners themselves, all by themselves. Capitalism is open to the idea of working together, but it does not demand it as Mr. Wright’s principles seem to heavily imply. There are also other multiple benefits that Capitalism has over Mr. Wright’s ideas.
For one, capitalism has a way of bringing people together without restrictions, and it allows and individual to choose a path of walking it solo to become successful, or to join business ventures with other individuals to become successful. Also, all capitalistic societies desire prominence, while this system almost desires mediocrity.
I highly disagree with almost everything said in this video, as it disagrees with many fundamental principles of business as well as having almost nothing to do with optimism, which is what the talk claims to be over.