During the Ted Talk: The Invention that Unlocked a Locked Artist, I was stunned with how Mick Ebeling was able to create glasses that can allow you to use your eyes to draw. I thought that this is an amazing invention. I loved how he took such a simple idea and made it real. TEMPT is a cool artist, and when someone has a disability, they should still have the ability to do the unimaginable. Everyone has possibility, and I loved his ending lines, “If not now, then when? If not me, then who?” I felt that this story was very encouraging for everyone because it shows them that even a little determination can go far. I’ve been really inspired by this and I really would like to make a difference, whether it’s big or small. I believe that he showed us how inside of each of us, there is an innovator, and that innovator can open new doors, and bring new possibilities.


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  1. Hi Abigail,
    We haven’t met, but I’ve been enjoying reading the posts on this site. I haven’t watched this Ted Talk although I know we as an upper school will be watching it tomorrow. You mentioned Ebeling’s ending lines. They are some of my favorite, attributed to Hillel the Elder, a Jewish sage from the 1st century BC, whom I learned about when I was an 8th grade English teacher at a Jewish day school years ago. The full quote is “”If I am not for myself, then who will be for me? And if I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when?” They are in essence the roots of the Christian Golden Rule.

    You’ve been studying design thinking as a means to innovate, and I’m sure you’ve learned that a good design and hence ultimately a good solution to a problem begins in empathy. The word empathy has its roots in suffering with another in order to understand. That word “suffering” seems harsh. Don’t we want to relieve suffering – not experience it ourselves? But sometimes we must feel someone else’s pain in order to be moved to help relieve it.

    Thankfully, you and your fellow ID peers are learning to imagine another’s struggles without actually literally sharing their pain. The beauty is that you still are moved to write, “I really would like to make a difference.”

    Mrs. Chesser


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