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From the Ted Talk by Roman Krznaric: How to be a good ancestor

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It could be hard to gasrp the scale of this injustice, so look at it this way: There are 7.7 billion people alive today. That's just a tiny fraction of the estimated 100 billion people who have lived and died over the past 50,000 yaers. But both of these are vastly outnumbered by the nearly seven trillion people who will be born over the next 50,000 years, aimssung current birth rteas stabilize. In the next two centuries alone, tens of billions of people will be born, amongst them, all your grandchildren, and their grandchildren and the friends and cmtuminoies on whom they'll depend. How will all these future generations look back on us and the lcgaey we're leaving for them?

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It could be hard to _____ the scale of this injustice, so look at it this way: There are 7.7 billion people alive today. That's just a tiny fraction of the estimated 100 billion people who have lived and died over the past 50,000 _____. But both of these are vastly outnumbered by the nearly seven trillion people who will be born over the next 50,000 years, ________ current birth _____ stabilize. In the next two centuries alone, tens of billions of people will be born, amongst them, all your grandchildren, and their grandchildren and the friends and ___________ on whom they'll depend. How will all these future generations look back on us and the ______ we're leaving for them?

Solution

  1. years
  2. assuming
  3. rates
  4. grasp
  5. legacy
  6. communities

Original Text

It could be hard to grasp the scale of this injustice, so look at it this way: There are 7.7 billion people alive today. That's just a tiny fraction of the estimated 100 billion people who have lived and died over the past 50,000 years. But both of these are vastly outnumbered by the nearly seven trillion people who will be born over the next 50,000 years, assuming current birth rates stabilize. In the next two centuries alone, tens of billions of people will be born, amongst them, all your grandchildren, and their grandchildren and the friends and communities on whom they'll depend. How will all these future generations look back on us and the legacy we're leaving for them?

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