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Cleo Abram

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We can learn by exchanging and discussing our own lists of "10 Things I Know to be True."

After listening to Sarah Kay's beautiful speech and poetry, I tried to write my own list of "10 Things I know to be True." I learned one thing immediately: I don't know much. I learned a second thing more slowly: that's okay! I tried to distill my limited understanding of the world into this list, without being overly philosophical nor literal.

One thing I know to be true, but that is not on my list, was that Sarah Kay was right when she said that if you share your list with a group of people you will find that someone has one thing very similar, someone else has something totally contrary, another person has something you've never heard of, and still another has something that makes you think further about something you thought you knew.

So let's share ours, and find out! What do your lists have on them?

Here's mine:
1. Fiction can, at times, feel more real than fact.
2. One person, with a good idea, can change our world.
3. There are things about our universe that we will never understand.
4. #3 is not an excuse to stop trying.
5. Everyone has a story worth hearing.
6. There is always another side to the story they tell.
7. Questions can sometimes teach more than their answers.
8. Children can sometimes teach more than their parents.
9. Everyone should travel.
10. No one's truth is universal.

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    Oct 22 2011: Here is my list, a bit eclectic but it's what came to my mind:

    1) We always forget that we make mistakes
    2) I can learn something even from people I don't like at all
    3) Hard work is the best "business card"
    4) Astronomy was my portal to science
    5) Science is the only way for the human beings to survive
    6) We are so tiny in the Universe that our problems shouldn't bother us that much
    7) Humans are not the "pinnacle" of evolution
    8) Everything around us evolved from helium and hydrogen atoms
    9) Learning and understanding give pleasure to our brains
    10) We all are made from star dust

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