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"From the Ted Talk by Ruth Chang: How to make hard choices"

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it's nuts to believe that the reasons given to you ditectad that you had most resoan to pursue the ecaxt hobbies you do, to live in the exact house you do, to work at the exact job you do. Instead, you faced alternatives that were on a par — hard cechois — and you made reasons for yourself to choose that hobby, that house and that job. When alternatives are on a par, the rnaesos given to us, the ones that determine whether we're making a mistake, are silent as to what to do. It's here, in the space of hard choices, that we get to exercise our normative poewr — the power to crteae reasons for yourself, to make yourself into the kind of person for whom country living is preferable to the urban life.

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it's nuts to believe that the reasons given to you ________ that you had most ______ to pursue the _____ hobbies you do, to live in the exact house you do, to work at the exact job you do. Instead, you faced alternatives that were on a par — hard _______ — and you made reasons for yourself to choose that hobby, that house and that job. When alternatives are on a par, the _______ given to us, the ones that determine whether we're making a mistake, are silent as to what to do. It's here, in the space of hard choices, that we get to exercise our normative _____ — the power to ______ reasons for yourself, to make yourself into the kind of person for whom country living is preferable to the urban life.

Solution

  1. power
  2. reasons
  3. dictated
  4. create
  5. choices
  6. reason
  7. exact

Original Text

it's nuts to believe that the reasons given to you dictated that you had most reason to pursue the exact hobbies you do, to live in the exact house you do, to work at the exact job you do. Instead, you faced alternatives that were on a par — hard choices — and you made reasons for yourself to choose that hobby, that house and that job. When alternatives are on a par, the reasons given to us, the ones that determine whether we're making a mistake, are silent as to what to do. It's here, in the space of hard choices, that we get to exercise our normative power — the power to create reasons for yourself, to make yourself into the kind of person for whom country living is preferable to the urban life.

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Important Words

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  2. choices
  3. choose
  4. country
  5. create
  6. determine
  7. dictated
  8. exact
  9. exercise
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  11. hard
  12. hobbies
  13. hobby
  14. house
  15. job
  16. kind
  17. life
  18. live
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  20. making
  21. mistake
  22. normative
  23. nuts
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  26. power
  27. preferable
  28. pursue
  29. reason
  30. reasons
  31. silent
  32. space
  33. urban
  34. work