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How Instant Gratification Is Harming Society And What To Do About It: John Davidson (Transcript)

Here is the full transcript of John Davidson’s talk titled “How Instant Gratification Is Harming Society And What To Do About It” at TEDxCSUS 2018 conference.

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The Boomerang Experiment

When I was first approached with this theme of boomerang, I thought it would be really fun to actually learn how to throw a real boomerang. I mean, how hard could that be, right?

The idea of picking up that smoothly carved curved piece of wood, tossing it far into the distance and watching it arc across the sky, circle back until it returned in my hand sounded amazing. What turned out to be far less amazing was heaving that chunk of wood far into the distance without it returning, running after it, picking it up, throwing it again, and running some more.

After a long day of disappointment, I was heading home with a sore shoulder and a bruised ego. I started reflecting on some of the things that I really enjoy doing to lift my spirits a bit. Physical fitness. Now, I’m not going to be on the next cover of Men’s Health magazine, but working out makes me feel good, gives me confidence and energy.

Likes and Dislikes

There is no better feeling in the world than rolling away on my skateboard after landing a trick for the first time, especially when it’s first try. I like money in my savings account. Who doesn’t like that, right? And I can only imagine that I would probably very much enjoy catching a boomerang.

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