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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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    Nov 12 2011: 1. We must understand why something is false, before we can really understand why something is true (assuming there are universal truths)
    2. Action is the best advice
    3. Human interaction is necessary for expansion of knowledge
    4. Death is certain for everyone
    5. Love is the catalyst for social peace
    6. The smallest truth out weighs the most massive lie
    7. I exist
    8. The past and the future don't exist
    9. Smiling makes you feel better
    10. There is no such thing as a universal rock bottom
    • Nov 14 2011: Chandra
      # 6 should emblazoned on every wall of every assembly hall, every legislative hall, every presidential office. Mostly it should be on our hearts.
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        Nov 14 2011: i agree. if you're always truthful then you need not worry about people saying bad things about you or trying to get you in trouble. but if you let on part of your character slip a little, with a tiny lie or a small breech of protocol in your job, then you lose credibility.

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