Thursday, June 13

My Pilgrimage to TED Conversations - Week Two

June 13, 2019 - Week Two
Please read the following first:

Since leaving Ted Conversations, having been kicked out of the Church by some of its members, I have received the following news.
Remember, I am a Christian and a defender of our Faith, as a former Military Officer.

Just two days ago I was appointed Chaplain of my Masonic Lodge in Ontario.

1)  From a Ted Member, Juliette   June 13, 2019
"Less than 5 minutes ago: I am deeply troubled by not being able to locate a TED member who had a long history of contributions. Before deciding to write, I allowed my anger, my bitterness, my grief, my frustration to simmer away and subside...and then I made up my mind that I was going to make a different world and we can do that together.

We have come together here from every corner of the globe to create a community. None of us are perfect. Our mutual interest is connections and exchanges that inspire our positive growth.

I believe that our common purpose is to not only step forward with openness and walk towards mutual understanding but to set the stage and the tone for an inclusive collaboration on progress for those who walk these paths after us. This may be the only way for most of us to be the change we wish to see in this world.

If our intention were to fight to the elimination of those who come to our community from different life experiences, belief systems, and perceptions than our own, then we are not only wasting the opportunity that our host has graciously provided, but we are also working against everything that it stands for.

I especially admire your unselfish regard for and devotion to the welfare of others and know that you too are unsettled by the disconnection of that membership. Whenever another person is cut off from community resources because of our action, we have harmed the whole. That calls for righting our wrong. To err is human and it is in making good on our mistakes that we remain true to our self.

The solution is to negate karma to zero, Allen Savory can not bring back 40,000 elephants, so he devoted his life to restoring world's barren lands, I was angry with my self for being a silent bystander to this conversation. Now I am choosing not to be like those in Peter Singer’s video, so I am writing to right my own wrong, you can find Don, and restore his membership status. Please do."

2)  From a Ted Member,  Allan   4 days ago: 
"Jimmy, are we done with all this Don bashing now?
I haven’t seen the comments from him because they've been deleted
but really, were his comments so bad as to warrant such a savaging from you? How do you know how he's feeling right now after that?
I don’t share his faith either, but he is flesh and blood like me. He has feelings like me. He therefore has my respect
- faith or no faith."

3)  These conversations can be seen at the following links