Embrace your raw, strange magic | Casey Gerald

  • Published on Feb 14, 2019
  • The way we're taught to live has got to change, says author Casey Gerald. Too often, we hide parts of ourselves in order to fit in, win praise, be accepted. But at what cost? In this inspiring talk, Gerald shares the personal sacrifices he made to attain success in the upper echelons of American society -- and shows why it's time for us to have the courage to live in the raw, strange magic of ourselves.
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Comments • 133

  • Kate DeGonia
    Kate DeGonia 28 days ago

    Lot's wife name was Edith lol regardless, this man is an absolutely amazing speaker. I could listen to him speak all day long

  • Edmund Potrzeba
    Edmund Potrzeba Month ago

    I would happily change my skin colour to have a mind like yours❤️

  • Jakob Ammann
    Jakob Ammann 4 months ago

    Agree, well spoken but of no value. When time of agressivity and masculinity returns no one will be strong or willing to protect you. Understand me well. This is not what i am wishing for. It's just a reminder of some reality.

  • Virginia Tran
    Virginia Tran 4 months ago +1

    Poetic. Thank you.

  • Erika Phillips
    Erika Phillips 5 months ago

    Fucking amazing!!! Thank you thank you👏🙏😊

  • Heksedans D.
    Heksedans D. 5 months ago


  • Hardin9
    Hardin9 5 months ago

    👽 How does this have any relevance to Technology, Entertainment, or Design?

  • Peter Okorn
    Peter Okorn 5 months ago

    Such a great speech, you have a quality indeed. Thank you

  • B Welkinator
    B Welkinator 6 months ago

    Once more we are expected to celebrate the aberrant.

  • Michaël Lessard
    Michaël Lessard 6 months ago

    Indeed, "adaptation" is not always a sign of mental health. Being well adapted and praised can sometimes mean your are not being true to yourself or truly thinking honestly. I love your conclusion, as it proves you have truly freed your mind in great part from false morality, thinking by yourself.
    nb: the vagabond or beggar on the street is often an awesome and kind person that deserves are sincere respect and inclusion.

  • Sarah Day
    Sarah Day 6 months ago

    Casey Gerald has a beautiful southern accent, like sweet molasses and honey flowing down a fountain of truth. I hope he does narratives on Kindle - I could listen to his voice for days; it’s like having sugar syrup in your ears.

  • Beautiful Goddess
    Beautiful Goddess 6 months ago

    This was beautiful. ❤️

  • B Black
    B Black 6 months ago

    marvelous delivery.

  • Manuel Vieira
    Manuel Vieira 6 months ago +1

    I have a different interprétation of Lot's wife death : she turned his eyes to Sodom because she didn't had the courage to abandon the world she was used to live , the uses and costums , ; she was afraid of the unknoun , the the new things , the new chapter of her life after living in Sodom ; this is an actual Lesson of life to the modern people : Don't take Always the easy road , be flexible , try new ways of being or doing things , Don't live a monotonous life Always acting the same way , going the same places , being with the same people or pretending that the road of life is a straight way with things taken for shore !...

  • Faris Johari
    Faris Johari 6 months ago

    Lot's wife has disobeyed her husband at 1st place. That is the place where she should have put courage first by following her husband who would give protection, before her friends. Thats the courage she rejected.

  • Maxine Lyu
    Maxine Lyu 6 months ago

    Music to my ear! Beautiful!!

  • debbieomi
    debbieomi 7 months ago +1

    This fellow is one physically beautiful specimen of a human and super intelligent on top of that. All the good ones are gay.

  • Nicholas Adams
    Nicholas Adams 7 months ago

    Freddie Mercury vibes

  • sophia wolanek
    sophia wolanek 7 months ago +5

    Has such an enticing speaking voice and an even more enticing message. Truly makes you think more deeply about the bargains you have made and the consequences of those bargains. Must read something of his!

  • GreenM&M_11
    GreenM&M_11 7 months ago +2

    I've listened to this half a dozen times, it's just a magnetic talk. 💛

  • Thomas E S Thomas
    Thomas E S Thomas 7 months ago +1

    Her name was Sarah, which means “beloved”.

  • Megan Marshall
    Megan Marshall 7 months ago

    What a Epic speech- and a beautiful soul- Thank you :)

  • haugensmail
    haugensmail 7 months ago +3

    Casey - If I was there I would hug you, not because I agree with you but because I want you to feel love and you are inspiring for self truth and authenticity. I believe Lot's wife looked back, because our world is intoxicating and hard to give up because it is all we know. The world we are promise is based on hope and faith. It is hard to give up on what is known for what is unknown. In my mind the fact that Jesus remembered her, means that he loves her. He remembers all. Even up to the time Jesus was betrayed, he told his disciple... you don't have to do this. He loved him even while he was being betrayed. Love is the entire goal and it is what we all strive for and want to feel even when others don't agree. I hope one day we all will feel that much love for others.

  • Mo Mc
    Mo Mc 7 months ago

    Fantastic. we need to more talks like this to brace ourselves for the change that we must make in the world...The world is going to change whether we like it or not...the consequences of climate change will test us all!

  • Advising ShamWow
    Advising ShamWow 7 months ago


  • Daryl Benson
    Daryl Benson 7 months ago

    I don't think it was courage but curiosity.

  • MrOvergryph
    MrOvergryph 7 months ago +7

    'Embrace your raw, strange magic' is a quote from Mr. Gerald's speech, which reflects on the uniqueness of the individual. The speaker is telling you to love your enchanting self. There is nothing demonic in this message. Don't be ridiculous.

    • Keith Klassen
      Keith Klassen 7 months ago +1

      Yayuss but the gaaaays thaow! Jayazus Kraist dun told me theyz the devul!

  • Rainbow Brite
    Rainbow Brite 7 months ago

    John Hillman ! That Was A Sarcastic Remark!😞🤣😃😂

  • Ellie W
    Ellie W 7 months ago

    That was incredible.

  • HadesXY
    HadesXY 7 months ago

    damn this guy is good with words. and such a smooth voice
    edit: just found his insta. damn he ripped son xD questioning sexuality intensifies

  • mr stonesourcery
    mr stonesourcery 7 months ago

    you nailed it brother - thanks

  • NeiroAtOpelCC
    NeiroAtOpelCC 7 months ago +4

    That guy should voice audiobooks. His voice is easy to understand and pleasant.

  • Lunareon
    Lunareon 7 months ago +2

    What an enchanting talk! A great reminder of the courage it takes to be yourself and having empathy towards those who differ from you.

  • Maria D'Angelo
    Maria D'Angelo 7 months ago

    Lots wife was sarah btw! Otger than that i think you've asked very much needed question in a much needed societal argument. Questions about how many pieces of ourselves must give away until we realize we're almost all gone and to acquiesce once more might mean giving up that last and most important bit of ourselves. The very bits of us that makes us who we are and who are is the sum of our experiences. With the most honest of voices we must be free to say this is who I've been and what I've done and the things I've seen, thats how we learn the exact nature of our actions. To thy ownself be true!

  • R A R E V A L U E O0
    R A R E V A L U E O0 7 months ago +1

    real talk . one love thank you

  • Jason Unwin
    Jason Unwin 7 months ago

    There is a song in there. Oh! Wait! I know! thexvid.com/video/Fy7nKRUW7bE/video.html

  • xin wang
    xin wang 7 months ago

    Live your own way,nothing can stop you.

  • Gary Lawrence
    Gary Lawrence 7 months ago +8

    I want to present like him when I grow up.

    • Maxine Lyu
      Maxine Lyu 6 months ago +1

      Or even better, present like yourself

  • Michelle Sauber
    Michelle Sauber 7 months ago


  • Uchuu San
    Uchuu San 7 months ago

    *Sees title* "raw magic" *thinks of Dorian Havillard*

  • dragon4r4 ben
    dragon4r4 ben 7 months ago +2

    Total relativism

  • FreeYogaTV
    FreeYogaTV 7 months ago +11

    Genius. Funny. Poignant. May we all embrace our weird, queer, gay, unique voices. Thank you.

  • Dasargroup
    Dasargroup 7 months ago

    That was the best speech I've heard on TED. Well done young man and stay brave and steadfast.

  • Life Progress - a channel for introverts

    *Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind*

  • BlessedAsIAm
    BlessedAsIAm 7 months ago

    Thank you🙏🏾

  • Uoire Shosb
    Uoire Shosb 7 months ago +1


    • Keith Klassen
      Keith Klassen 7 months ago +1

      @Uoire Shosb Like the grub who proudly states that he doesn't have to fly!

    • Uoire Shosb
      Uoire Shosb 7 months ago

      I don't have to

    • Keith Klassen
      Keith Klassen 7 months ago +2

      Yes! You have correctly identified the fact that he is gay! Did you notice anything else?

  • mmisbach
    mmisbach 7 months ago +1

    It’s not easy for gays to “come out”, after they’ve been taught to hide their identity to fit in. Why did Lot’s wife look back, and turn into salt? Was it out of love and bravery? She died because she couldn't turn her back on her friends. We don’t even know her name. Let us all have the courage of Lot’s wife. twitter.com/tedstalkin

  • Lynconbadass
    Lynconbadass 7 months ago +3

    9:39 it takes a long time to sound like yourself

  • P A
    P A 7 months ago +4

    BRAVO! ENCORE!!! The world needs a healthy dose of this magic! Thank you for sharing your wisdom Casey!!! Bravery comes in many forms.

  • Ben Briggs
    Ben Briggs 7 months ago +29

    Charismatic, entertaining and interesting, but I'm not sure why these types of talks are taking over TED? I miss the days when it was predominantly talks on ocean exploration, preservation of a species, or new developments to improve lifes. I'm not saying these talks arent worth listening to. I just wish that the self truth talks were in a separate platform.

    • Michaël Lessard
      Michaël Lessard 6 months ago

      Same. Although I was deeply listening and greatly appreciate Casey's authentic reflections, it is not what I feel TED Talks should be about... though I do not know how or where to draw the line. I mean, Casey's thoughts do touch sociology, conformism, thoughts on so-called "adaptation", but it lacks data beyond self or personal experiences. // On the other hand, personal experiences can be very enlightening, fostering empathy, etc.

    • Riley
      Riley 7 months ago +4

      Because TED stands for Technology Entertainment(this) Design, and their slogan is "Ideas worth spreading", which I'd say this falls under. It isn't TED getting taken over by these other talks, but TED finally living up the name and slogan they gave themselves, and allowing things like philosophy and life stories to shine alongside their usual content.

    • brandon bergren
      brandon bergren 7 months ago +1

      Im not saying that all but are you saying it is impossible to learn from another side, all im saying as the world changes so are the topics we discuss hence why the increase of ted talks like this

    • Ben Briggs
      Ben Briggs 7 months ago +1

      @brandon bergren are you suggesting that we can only listen to contentious issues? I come to TED to learn not to take a side on an issue.

    • brandon bergren
      brandon bergren 7 months ago +3

      I think its also the fact that people no longer disagree with these topics and as the times changed so are the topics that we need to talk about

  • Beautiful
    Beautiful 7 months ago +1

    This talk was amazing. Glad I watched it.

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    Anna Bagó 7 months ago +1


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  • MrHotbulldozer
    MrHotbulldozer 7 months ago +3

    Magic is demonic, keep away from it!

    • Lugh Summerson
      Lugh Summerson 7 months ago +1

      MrHotbulldozer You have no faith in Jesus. You are a sham.

    • MrHotbulldozer
      MrHotbulldozer 7 months ago

      @Lugh Summerson
      Have a blessed day!

    • Lugh Summerson
      Lugh Summerson 7 months ago +2

      MrHotbulldozer Why do you disobey Jesus? He says you can cure cancer. Why don't you?

    • MrHotbulldozer
      MrHotbulldozer 7 months ago

      @River Zimm
      It is demonic, that what the bible teaches, or are you saying the word of God is lying, or that you know better than the all mighty?

    • River Zimm
      River Zimm 7 months ago +2

      MrHotbulldozer I am compelled to tell you my opinion of magick. Magick isn’t inherently demonic or evil, it is a neutral energy that is utilized and manipulated by the user ( a wizard, witch, mage, Sorcerer, magician). only with the intentions of the user, that taints the common veiw of magick as evil. Hense the lables of magick ; white or pure magick and black or shadow magick. The intention changes the energy. The perception is changed as well. Magick is complicated, and would take too long to be summed up in one post. You are magick, as you are God. May you be blessed, and have a wonderful experience of existence.

  • tillyto1
    tillyto1 7 months ago +28

    Wow, what a good speaker. Probably an even better writer.

    • friskylittlesquirrel
      friskylittlesquirrel 5 months ago

      Jakob Ammann great comeback bro

    • Jakob Ammann
      Jakob Ammann 5 months ago +1

      @friskylittlesquirrel you are beta because you talk like a squirrel.

    • friskylittlesquirrel
      friskylittlesquirrel 6 months ago +1

      Jakob Ammann what is your definition of a ‘beta male’ exactly? A man who ISN’T ignorant, emotionally constipated, and seething with impotent rage? Keep putting other men down to feel better about your failings,hun - I’m sure that’s working out great for you

    • Jakob Ammann
      Jakob Ammann 7 months ago

      oh yess there is something else, he looks sooo cute and his eyes, whooow. women, is that all you need ?

    • Jakob Ammann
      Jakob Ammann 7 months ago

      yeaaaa, A good speaker. anything else from this beta male ?

  • WS M
    WS M 7 months ago

    Nice One! Smooth delivery and authentic style with a value-added message. All the best!

  • Graylem
    Graylem 7 months ago

    Aka let your freak flag fly

  • Rachel Hannah
    Rachel Hannah 7 months ago +7

    Everyone should watch this video! Thanks 💐💐💐🌟🌟😇

  • Robert Williams Robert L Williams

    That is so true, you are yourself & NO One can change that. I 'believe' you are President capable, because you're honest,sincere, courageous BUTT (excuse the pun) 'True To Yourself', & that IS what we the people are looking for in a 'Moshe' (Moses). You Are A True 'Believer,Sojourner' & not religious, Poly-Ticker nor do you have FEAR, a true TEDD, you are what you 'Think, Eat, Drink & Do'. \0/ HalleluYHA'. P.S Lots wife looked back in 'True Faith', that just maybe the lost family members would follow them 'Outa Dodge'

  • Abuzar Ghuffary
    Abuzar Ghuffary 7 months ago +1

    I recommend that you should only do what you can....on a Valentine's Day, dear!