A “Good” Country

Youtube has come a long way since it was started in February 2005, back when it was an uncommon place for people to share random videos of themselves. I’m sure you’re aware, Youtube is now a common household name, and you may be surprised to learn that today it is worth over an estimated $70 billion to Google. Over the years, numerous entrepreneurs and corporations have acknowledged Youtube’s power as an informational and advertising medium. As such, Youtube is now the daily source of news, entertainment, and education for many around the world.

Personally, I am a big fan of “TED Talks.” If you’re not familiar, “TED Talks shares the best ideas from the TED Conference with the world, for free: trusted voices and convention-breaking mavericks, icons and geniuses, all giving the talk of their lives in 18 minutes.” TED Talks remind me of ancient Greece when students and philosophers would gather to discuss ideas, no matter how big or small, in order to progress mankind’s way of thinking. TED Talks takes this same concept and records it for the world to see.

One such video that really hit a nerve with me is entitled “Which country does the most good for the world?” by Simon Anholt. In his video Simon wonders what constitutes a “good” country, and he wonders where we are as a society based on these observations. Simon goes on to say that a “good” country isn’t necessarily one that is prosperous, but rather one that is selfless, no matter if they are rich or poor. As you may imagine, during our trying times here in the U.S.A. with the newly appointed President Trump, this video only grows in its significance regarding our society.

If you haven’t had the privelidge of a TED Talk, or if you haven’t had the priviledge of hearing this particular video, I encourage you to listen to it. Simon Anholt is a very eloquent speaker, and he is sure to grab your attention as soon as he begins. Click here to watch it from Youtube. By the end, I’ll bet you’ll be asking yourself the same question I was: “Am I living in a good country?”


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