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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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    Apr 9 2011: (1) I think, therefore I am.
    (2) I have erred, therefore I am liable to error and will probably err again.
    (3) Any conclusion I draw is subject to #2, and is therefore tentative.
    (4) In light of #3, humility is a fundamental responsibility.
    (5) Actions are far more important and revealing than words.
    (6) Uncertainty is scary, but we must make peace with it because it never disappears.
    (7) The truth is always more complex and nuanced than we first think.
    (8) Courage is not the absence of fear, but the willingness to act in spite of fear.
    (9) The most important thing you can teach anyone is how to learn on their own.
    (10) The "meaning of life" is to live.

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