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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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  • May 5 2011: 1. There is a higher subconcious that we are all connected to.
    2. Music let's me know there is something bigger than us "out there"
    3. Pain is neccessary to grow
    4. No one is truly happy
    5. Love is the most important thing we can experience as humans
    6. There are evil people/forces in this world
    7. We all have complete abundance in ourselves to be great.
    8. Not enough people understand they can be great.
    9. Thoughts are not truths and if that is the case, then whatever we think, we really don't know
    10. One day we will understand, life, the universe, the meaning of life, I think that day will come and those question will be answered when we die, by an incredible feeling that overcomes us, that will tell us that everything will be ok. But for now all we can do is keep moving forward.

    Life is beautiful, it is hard for me to see this everyday. When I take a step back and quiet my mind I am reminded of how blessed we are to be alive and how much of a gift it is to be awake and concsious.

    P.S. Everybody wants to make love!!
    • May 5 2011: Alex..so many things you mention are terrific. I like #'s 2, 3, and 6 especially. Whenever I listen to Barber's "Adagio for Strings," I know you are right. For #3 it isn't just "no pain no gain", but growing is a complex happening. Pain I think is one of the things that happens. Hardly anyone has mentioned #6, which I find interesting. We can think that all people are basically good, but wow, there is a great deal of evil that we encounter. Rather than mystically wish it away, we need to face it! Evil and evil people do exist and live and effect our lives.
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      May 9 2011: I agree with #1 and think that the multiverse is proof. #4 though there have been plenty of truly happy moments in my life, and I always have hoped that there are those with more moments then I. I think there are those who are truly happy.

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