One of my favorite websites is ted.com. Ted Talks are mind-opening,stimulating, and always interesting. So when my brother Solomon sent me a link to the following Ted Talk, I made myself a cup of tea and prepared to learn something new. Brene Brown tackles the topic of human connection. As a social worker and researcher she wanted to use data to explain human connection, reason away the barriers that people hide behind, and make the messy topic of relationship all nice and neat and organized. Well, as all of us humanities folk know, Brene quickly discovered the limits of science in explaining human action. Her “spiritual awakening” moment came when she discovered that the feelings of shame (which separate people) and worth (which make human connection possible) all come down to vulnerability. Her research is fascinating and her insights into the human story are well stated. I would highly recommend that you take 20 minutes to watch this video – it’s going to be way better than anything that’s on TV. As someone who struggles with vulnerability (don’t we all!) I found it refreshing and candid. I hope you enjoy and I would love to hear your thoughts. Click the link here or on the picture below.
In a related talk, David Brooks speaks on The Human Animal. Also worth a listen.