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

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We shouldn't think that all hard choices are big. Let's say you're ddieincg what to have for breakfast. You could have high fiber bran cereal or a chocolate donut. Suppose what matters in the choice is tetssains and healthfulness. The careel is better for you, the donut teatss way better, but neither is better than the other overall, a hard choice. Realizing that small choices can also be hard, may make big hard choices seem less itnbarcalte. After all, we mgnaae to figure out what to have for breakfast, so maybe we can figure out whether to stay in the city or uproot for the new job in the country.

Open Cloze

We shouldn't think that all hard choices are big. Let's say you're ________ what to have for breakfast. You could have high fiber bran cereal or a chocolate donut. Suppose what matters in the choice is _________ and healthfulness. The ______ is better for you, the donut ______ way better, but neither is better than the other overall, a hard choice. Realizing that small choices can also be hard, may make big hard choices seem less ___________. After all, we ______ to figure out what to have for breakfast, so maybe we can figure out whether to stay in the city or uproot for the new job in the country.

Solution

  1. manage
  2. tastiness
  3. deciding
  4. tastes
  5. cereal
  6. intractable

Original Text

We shouldn't think that all hard choices are big. Let's say you're deciding what to have for breakfast. You could have high fiber bran cereal or a chocolate donut. Suppose what matters in the choice is tastiness and healthfulness. The cereal is better for you, the donut tastes way better, but neither is better than the other overall, a hard choice. Realizing that small choices can also be hard, may make big hard choices seem less intractable. After all, we manage to figure out what to have for breakfast, so maybe we can figure out whether to stay in the city or uproot for the new job in the country.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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understanding hard choices 2
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Important Words

  1. big
  2. bran
  3. breakfast
  4. cereal
  5. chocolate
  6. choice
  7. choices
  8. city
  9. country
  10. deciding
  11. donut
  12. fiber
  13. figure
  14. hard
  15. healthfulness
  16. high
  17. intractable
  18. job
  19. manage
  20. matters
  21. realizing
  22. small
  23. stay
  24. suppose
  25. tastes
  26. tastiness
  27. uproot