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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: Cleo - such a beautiful post!

    1. I have an unconditional love for, and trust in, my mother, father and sister.
    2. One day, I will die.
    3. I can do my best to live a healthy life and make decisions that will keep me healthy (physically, spiritually), but I do not ultimately have control over when my death will come.
    4. Because of #3 and #4, the time I have now is a sacred and precious gift and everyday I make decisions as to how I want to use that time.
    5. Everyone has a story that can teach you something if only (a) you give him/her a chance to share it and (b) allow yourself to receive it openly.
    6. And somewhat conversely- everyone also has the potential to do something significant themselves, to create something new and good with the time they are given.
    7. Significant things are things that bring joy to at least one person other than you.
    8. Engaging with people and worldviews different from your own is essential to growth. In fact, it is quite possibly the only way you can grow.
    9. The earth does not belong to us, rather we belong to it.
    10. Hence, as Alice Walker said so eloquently, “Activism is my rent for living on this planet.”

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