Self-Motivation
David Goggins
Former Navy Seal
Career Development
Bryan Cranston
Actor
Critical Thinking
Liv Boeree
International Poker Champion
Emotional Intelligence
Amaryllis Fox
Former CIA Clandestine Operative
Management
Chris Hadfield
Retired Canadian Astronaut & Author
Learn
from the world's big
thinkers
Start Learning

What is reasonable to ask of people?

Question: What is reasonable to ask of people?

 

Ingrid Newkirk: Well the sky may be falling, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t do some things that are within your control. And to me the important thing is that you take a step, any step. Don’t just stop at a step. Think, “What else can I do now?” and keep going. Walk the walk of caring about yourself, the earth, the animals, the whole nine yards. But if you know; the first thing is to become informed. Because if you don’t really know what’s going on, and people say, “Oh don’t show me. I like my steak.” But really you owe it to yourself as an intelligent being to find out what are the facts, and then you can make an informed decision.

And I believe that unless you’re Attila the Hun, that when somebody shows you facts, for example, about what happens to animals in the circus, you may decide you’re going to go to Cirque de Soleil where all the performers are paid, they get to go home at the end of the day and be with their family. You may make that informed decision. You may do nothing else that helps animals. Or you might decide then to open up your eyes, go to PETA.org for example, read “Making Kind Choices”. Go to GoVeg.com, learn something. Look at a film, get a fact, and then think to yourself, “Hmm, there is something else I can do,” and you might want to do it.

So it’s in every pursuit you have an opportunity to contribute to the sum total of happiness, or at least to reduce the sum total of misery. So no one is the Buddha. No one is Gandhi. And I’m not even sure Gandhi was Gandhi. The stories come out about what Gandhi did now and then. But we can all just as fallible human beings start to think about what we’re doing and make choices that we may end up actually liking better.

 

Recorded on: November 12, 2007

 

The sky may be falling, but there is no reason not to change your consumption habits to help the environment, Newkirk says.

The “new normal” paradox: What COVID-19 has revealed about higher education

Higher education faces challenges that are unlike any other industry. What path will ASU, and universities like ASU, take in a post-COVID world?

Photo: Luis Robayo/AFP via Getty Images
Sponsored by Charles Koch Foundation
  • Everywhere you turn, the idea that coronavirus has brought on a "new normal" is present and true. But for higher education, COVID-19 exposes a long list of pernicious old problems more than it presents new problems.
  • It was widely known, yet ignored, that digital instruction must be embraced. When combined with traditional, in-person teaching, it can enhance student learning outcomes at scale.
  • COVID-19 has forced institutions to understand that far too many higher education outcomes are determined by a student's family income, and in the context of COVID-19 this means that lower-income students, first-generation students and students of color will be disproportionately afflicted.
Keep reading Show less

Live on Tuesday | Personal finance in the COVID-19 era

Sallie Krawcheck and Bob Kulhan will be talking money, jobs, and how the pandemic will disproportionally affect women's finances.

How DNA revealed the woolly mammoth's fate – and what it teaches us today

Scientists uncovered the secrets of what drove some of the world's last remaining woolly mammoths to extinction.

Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Surprising Science

Every summer, children on the Alaskan island of St Paul cool down in Lake Hill, a crater lake in an extinct volcano – unaware of the mysteries that lie beneath.

Keep reading Show less

Dinosaur bone? Meteorite? These men's wedding bands are a real break from boredom.

Manly Bands wanted to improve on mens' wedding bands. Mission accomplished.

Sex & Relationships
  • Manly Bands was founded in 2016 to provide better options and customer service in men's wedding bands.
  • Unique materials include antler, dinosaur bones, meteorite, tungsten, and whiskey barrels.
  • The company donates a portion of profits to charity every month.
Keep reading Show less

Conspicuous consumption is over. It’s all about intangibles now

These new status behaviours are what one expert calls 'inconspicuous consumption'.

Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for Tiffany
Politics & Current Affairs
In 1899, the economist Thorstein Veblen observed that silver spoons and corsets were markers of elite social position.
Keep reading Show less
Quantcast