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From the Ted Talk by Eric Liu: How to revive your belief in democracy

Unscramble the Blue Letters

What truly makes us free is being bound to others in matuul aid and obitilagon, having to work things out the best we can in our neighborhoods and towns, as if our fates were entwined — because they are — as if we could not secede from one another, because, in the end, we cannot. Binding ourselves this way actually liberates us. It reveals that we are equal in dignity. It reminds us that rights come with responsibilities. It ridnems us, in fact, that rtgihs properly understood are responsibilities.

Open Cloze

What truly makes us free is being bound to others in ______ aid and __________, having to work things out the best we can in our neighborhoods and towns, as if our fates were entwined — because they are — as if we could not secede from one another, because, in the end, we cannot. Binding ourselves this way actually liberates us. It reveals that we are equal in dignity. It reminds us that rights come with responsibilities. It _______ us, in fact, that ______ properly understood are responsibilities.

Solution

  1. obligation
  2. rights
  3. mutual
  4. reminds

Original Text

What truly makes us free is being bound to others in mutual aid and obligation, having to work things out the best we can in our neighborhoods and towns, as if our fates were entwined — because they are — as if we could not secede from one another, because, in the end, we cannot. Binding ourselves this way actually liberates us. It reveals that we are equal in dignity. It reminds us that rights come with responsibilities. It reminds us, in fact, that rights properly understood are responsibilities.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
civic religion 13
civic saturday 3
democracy works 2
civic ritual 2
civic saturdays 2
religion matters 2

ngrams of length 3

collocation frequency
civic religion matters 2

Important Words

  1. aid
  2. binding
  3. bound
  4. dignity
  5. entwined
  6. equal
  7. fact
  8. fates
  9. free
  10. liberates
  11. mutual
  12. neighborhoods
  13. obligation
  14. properly
  15. reminds
  16. responsibilities
  17. reveals
  18. rights
  19. secede
  20. towns
  21. understood
  22. work