Top 10 TED Talks For Study Abroad Students #2 – I Am The Son Of A Terrorist. Here’s How I Chose Peace.

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Screen Shot 2014-12-16 at 6.09.07 PM“I was exposed to people from all sorts of faiths and cultures, and that experience proved to be fundamental to the development of my character.”

In this short talk Zak Ebrahim powerfully demonstrates the idea that we’re always in choice. His father was one of the terrorists that helped plan the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center in New York City. Ebrahim was being groomed to follow in his father’s footsteps, yet his life turned out much differently. Through various life experiences he challenged his world view and said, “when people take the time to interact with one another, it doesn’t take long to realize that for the most part we all want the same things out of life.”

When you Study Abroad and travel you will encounter many situations that can challenge your own perspective and beliefs. Ultimately you’re in choice in what you believe and the story you tell about the world. Ebrahim’s message is clear that choosing peace is much easier than choosing hate or violence. He says, “I stand here as proof that violence isn’t inherent in one’s religion or race, and the son doesn’t have to follow the ways of his father.”

Use Ebrahim’s experience as an example as you embark on your journey abroad. Instead of fearing those who appear different, use curiosity to not only expand your world view, but create more peace in the process.

How will you choose to view the situations that challenge your beliefs on Study Abroad?

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