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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 23 2011: 10 things I know to be true

    1 "Masakatsu Agatsu" - (The greatest victory is self mastery)
    2 Clinging is the source of suffering
    3 "Fear is (a) Mind-Killer"
    4 The path to true joy is doing good things and knowing self.
    5 Learning is living
    6 Laws can be manipulated, the source of one's true intent is the measure of one's honor.
    7 We all die, what we do in This Life, Now is what matters most.
    8 Intelligence is how effectively one can learn. Knowledge is what one learns. Wisdom is how effectively one will make use of the first two and understanding the consequences that use might create. Wisdom is what we lack most.
    9 It is better to live in the question than to force an answer.
    10 "With great power comes great responsibility."

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