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Krys C


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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 29 2011: In my 19 short revolutions around the sun I KNOW that:

    1. When you die, you go back to the same place you were before you were born.
    2. We are all a result of our past experiences.
    3. "Good" and "Bad" are not intrinsically real things.
    4. We seek for meaning in what could be a meaningless universe.
    5. Music is an extension of human empathy.
    6. Religion is in the eye of the believer.
    7. We exist temporally, but the universe does not.
    8. I want to live in a world with nice people.
    9. Humans constantly seek for answers.
    10. Questions are better than answers.
    • Mar 29 2011: Each of the statements is either an acceptance or denial of the truth.
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      Mar 29 2011: What do you mean by number one? Before we were born, we were in our mother's wombs...
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        Mar 30 2011: I don't mean our physical bodies.I'm referring to our consciousness, the energy that allows us to be aware.
    • May 2 2011: Your #5 is an interesting one. Also, Richard Feynman would agree with you on #10

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