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Cleo Abram posted an interesting “conversation starter” on TED.com conversations, here’s a link to the thread: We can learn by exchanging and discussing our own lists of “10 Things I Know to be True.”

This post, as the author mentions, is inspired in this TED talk: Sarah Kay: If I should have a daughter …

In this post, she says (as the title states) that we can learn if we share those few things that we KNOW are true. Yes, nitpickers will say “knowing” is subjective to beliefs and blah blah. I’m not interested in those comments, if you want/like just share 10 (or whatever number) of the things you know to be true, and let-be or learn from the few things that other people know.

Here’s MY list, in no particular order:

  1. Anyone can learn something even from the least expected people/things.
  2. Not everything that’s useful is fun, and not everything that is fun is useful.
  3. Action trumps words and thoughts.
  4. My perception of the world probably isn’t 1:1 to reality, but probably neither anyone else’s.
  5. Everything in the course of this lifetime, good and bad, has an end.
  6. You can’t describe a taste or a smell very effectively.
  7. Happiness doesn’t depend on what you have.
  8. The greater the expectations, the greater the effort you have to put into; you get what you put into something.
  9. “Some people like to make life a little tougher than it is” from the song: Tougher than it is by Cake
  10. The veracity of a statement does NOT depend on the who’s uttering it.

The post by Cleo Abram reads:

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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2011-10-23 00:00:00

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