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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. Africa is not as bad as people think!
    2. Love has the power to change things.
    3. Ideas can change a nation! (Just ask the people of Lagos State in Nigeria)
    4. People are largely the same no matter where you go. We tend to want the same things and have similar needs
    5. I love my wife so much, it scares me
    6. Kids today are more tech savvy than those from previous decades
    7. Music from the 70s, 80s and 90s is a lot deeper than what we have today
    8. Women are from Mars and Men are from Jupiter!
    9. What is true today, may turn out to be false tomorrow. E.g. Pluto is no longer a Planet
    10. I cant seem to live without my blackberry
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      May 5 2011: Akin! Your #5 just made my day!
    • May 6 2011: Hey Akin - as someone who lived in Lagos until I was 7 - I'd love to see more on #3!
      • May 6 2011: Me too. Considering that we just had what most refer to as the freest elections we have had as a country in recent times. Also The private sector seems poised for a resurgence.

        We hope for the best.

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