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What are 10 things YOU know to be true?

I was interested and intrigued by Sarah's '10 things you know to be true' list exercise, particularly with the pattern she observed in hearing others; that you would continuously see items exact and opposite to your own, items you've never heard of, or thought about before in exactly that light.

I'm fascinated by our definitions of what we consider to be 'truth', and the disputes between our definitions.

So I propose we post a couple lists of our own here, and experience our agreements (and disagreements), learn some new ideas and lines of thought. Personally, I think it best to write your own list BEFORE reading the ones posted here to avoid influence ;)

I hope a couple people will be interested in participating in this miniature project. And, hey, if you see something in someone's list you'd like to ask about, or learn more about, or debate. . .we now have the TED conversation platform to make that possible.





My list:

1. These are the most exciting times in which we could ever hope to be alive which have already occurred.
2. Too often, we allow inertia to control our actions.
3. Everyone should travel.
4. 'Because that's the way things are' is not a valid reason.
5. Whenever you say 'I had no choice', you're lying.
6. It is possible to have an honest and even pleasant relationship with someone you do not like.
7. Loving someone or something heart and soul does not necessarily make it good for you, or them, or it.
8. There are ideas and inventions yet to come which will make into reality what we consider to be fantasy today.
9. Everyone has at least one story worth hearing.
10. My truth is not final.

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    Mar 20 2011: Taken from my own book:
    1. Actions are decisions
    2. No decision is the same as A decision
    3. Inanimate things do not make decisions
    4. I control everything I do
    5. I can not make decisions for others
    6. I make billions of choices at every moment
    7. Anything can be done if given the right resources
    8. Some responsibility means full responsibility
    9. The past can not be changed
    10. I am the one to blame for all the ills of society
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      Mar 20 2011: #10? Please elaborate - that seems harsh. I take it to mean that in order to CHANGE something in society you recognize as wrong it is your responsibility; which I agree with, but the wording adds a lot of pressure! Maybe I'm being too literal?
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        Mar 21 2011: It is harsh, but it is also the realization that everything we do affects someone / something else. It is a systems based approach where everything is connected. This is not simply the material things in life or our life choices but extends to our comments, our ideals, our views and how we live our own life.

        This realization is one of the cornerstones of a paradigm shift that our society needs to make if we are to change the ills of society (but unfortunately changing today's ills will likely just create tomorrow's ills)
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        Mar 29 2011: As John says, it's harsh, but that does not make it any less true. If you take the first nine items to their logical extreme, then the 10th one follows.
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          Mar 30 2011: I was very surprised to see a mindset so close to my own, but don't agree with 9:
          The following is an excerpt of what I wrote about 5 years ago
          Truths:
          1)All beings have free will, they have the ability to observe and to act on their environment.
          2)There is always a choice. And the choice is yours.
          Therefore you are responsible, responsible for yourself, responsible for your environment, responsible for those around you.
          But even responsible for what has been and for what has to come.
          3)Not responsible even though you weren't there, ... no, responsible BECAUSE you weren't there.
          Everything IS your fault, you did it, because you didn't prevent it.
          4)You are to blame for all the good things as well.
          5)Nobody is perfect, but you can come close to what you see yourself as perfection.
          If you can't reach near to such perfection; adjust your perception.
          We are all perfect, if not by ourselves, in our efforts towards others we are.
          6)Good is how you see it. - Don't be selfish. Be self-ish.
          7)Past and present are linked, if we can alter the present, we can alter the past.
          8)All is now. Nothing is. All evolves.
          consequences:
          1)Although noble to set other's interests before your own, all you serve is your own purpose.
          2)You shouldn't strive to become “better” than others. You should strive to become a better self. Being “better” than others wouldn't be selfish enough.
          3)Extremes meet, your self compasses his world. If you serve yourself, you serve this world.
          4)We don't fullfill a masterplan laid out for us.
          We are the masterplan, we are reality, and we change.
          We change trough ourselves, and we change trough others.
          5)Our lives have a purpose; we are the purpose, our lives are the purpose.
          6)Life encompasses death. Death fits in our purpose, it is part of our self.
          When we perish, we nolonger have purpose, but we still are, we are now.Even though now may change, and become a different now, a now we have no part in. Every second is eternal. There is no need for a beyond life.
    • Mar 21 2011: I like the some responsibility is full responsibility - especially in a world where many take NO responsibility.
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      Mar 21 2011: DREW. that is quirte a profound list you have there. I've spent about ten minutes trying to decipher what exactly you mean, and yet i'm still completely in the dark. good post.
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        Mar 29 2011: Andrew, thank you, though I did not wish to leave you in the dark. To the extent you are still in the dark, you can blame me (of course).

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