Chicago Ideas Week
Abby Wambach Key Takeaways
Labels are walling us off. If we don't listen to and consider people who think differently than we do then we are shutting ourselves off from one another. This is not so good. We loose touch and become incapable of truly making change.
Let's just have one label: Human.
Abby said "I was just grateful to be paid to play a sport...because it hadn't always been that way." But in reality she was THE BEST and she was getting paid toenails compared to her male counterparts. It's not an issue of viewership or money anymore...the 2015 Olympic final was the most viewed sporting even in North America EVER.
We should pay people equally for equal work. "It's not just because it's the right thing to do. It's because it is the smart thing to do."
Sebastian Junger Key Takeaways
What is it about being in a platoon or a high combat unit that makes us feel more connected?
What is it about modern society that is so hard to come home to? We are experiencing chronic alienation. Our ancestors would have lived in groups of 40 or 50, they slept together, worked together and ate together. Now we go to sleep in our own little air conditioned rooms in the suburbs.
Why is it that, the worse that conditions get the better people behave? Acting for the benefit of the group makes you feel good.
What can we do in our daily lives to live better, and be better?
Don't speak with contempt toward anyone else. You may not like them, you may not agree with them, but treat them as though you may need them to save your life tomorrow.