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Cleo Abram

Student , Columbia University - Columbia College


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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: 1. I may not be able to control my circumstances but I can definitely develop more control over the perception of my circumstances.
    2. A mind that never stops thinking and questioning is both a blessing and a curse.
    3. Only through adding value will you gain value.
    4. Life is ...
    5. Curiosity may have killed the cat but we'll never know how he died if we aren't curious enough to look into it.
    6. Everything is a cycle, an ebb and a flow. Going with the flow is much easier than going against it but is probably less rewarding in the long term.
    7. Sometimes relying on logic is the most illogical thing you can do.
    8. Passion beats preparedness in most things.
    9. Diversity is not just PC, it's also nature being an entrepreneur.
    10. You might as well enjoy life because it will kill you in the end. Maybe.
    11. Conformity might be easier but it isn't always the best or right option.
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      Oct 22 2011: QUOTE: "2. A mind that never stops thinking and questioning is both a blessing and a curse."

      Well, by definition, the mind will never stop thinking (until we die) so the trick is we have to "go" where the mind cannot follow.

      QUOTE: "8. Passion beats preparedness in most things."

      Unless you're a skydiver, an athlete, a brain surgeon (NO, REALLY, I CAN DO THIS!!!!) ...

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