Tonight we started a new tradition; Ted Talk Tuesday. We watched Malcolm Gladwell's talk about Choice, happiness, and spaghetti sauce. P and I really like Ted Talks. The kids like watching videos but hadn't known about Ted Talks until tonight. I hope to show the kids great ideas and also that it's really awesome to become an expert at something and be able to articulate your ideas to others.
The only other place we see people speaking in any way close to this is at church. Most people who speak at church love the gospel but there is a culture of self depreciation at church. People actually say they don't like to give a talk. I think the idea is to project humility, but it comes across as is they don't want to speak. I guess a lot of people don't want to get up and talk in front of others, but I think it's useful to force that culture on everyone else. Lay speaking is really important and you can't leave it to just the people who like talking. It's a service that needs to be done and complaining doesn't make it better.