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From the Ted Talk by Kevin Kelly: The future will be shaped by optimists

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And the second reason is that civilization is a mechanism to make these improvements that relies on the fact that we’re optimistically trusting others. We have total strangers that we can collaborate, and that cibotlaloroan allows us to make things beyond ourselves that are bigger than just what we can do. That requires trust, and trust is a type of optimism. But in addition to kind of ciopnrtaoeg with the eight billion total strangers on this pnlaet accomplishing great things, we can also trust future generations. The billions of people yet unbron into the future. Right now, today, we are benefiting from the work of previous generations who undergone to create infrastructure -- rdaos canals, skyscrapers, tehnpeole networks -- that we are now enynijog. In fact, we may be enjoying more benefits than they have back in the past when they bgean. So they have been acting as good ancestors for us, and sometimes even sciifnciarg what could have been immediate yields and benefits and postponing them until fuurte generations. We also want to be good ancestors, and being good ancestors trying to move benefits to the future generations is an act of optimism. One, because we believe that there will be future generations, and two, because we are willing to sacrifice immediate gains in order to postpone -- have more gains into the future -- that investment. Being a good ancestor enables us to actually ailosmpcch things not just beyond what we can do individually in the pnreset, but what we can do over time.

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And the second reason is that civilization is a mechanism to make these improvements that relies on the fact that we’re optimistically trusting others. We have total strangers that we can collaborate, and that _____________ allows us to make things beyond ourselves that are bigger than just what we can do. That requires trust, and trust is a type of optimism. But in addition to kind of ___________ with the eight billion total strangers on this ______ accomplishing great things, we can also trust future generations. The billions of people yet ______ into the future. Right now, today, we are benefiting from the work of previous generations who undergone to create infrastructure -- _____ canals, skyscrapers, _________ networks -- that we are now ________. In fact, we may be enjoying more benefits than they have back in the past when they _____. So they have been acting as good ancestors for us, and sometimes even ___________ what could have been immediate yields and benefits and postponing them until ______ generations. We also want to be good ancestors, and being good ancestors trying to move benefits to the future generations is an act of optimism. One, because we believe that there will be future generations, and two, because we are willing to sacrifice immediate gains in order to postpone -- have more gains into the future -- that investment. Being a good ancestor enables us to actually __________ things not just beyond what we can do individually in the _______, but what we can do over time.

Solution

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  2. accomplish
  3. planet
  4. roads
  5. began
  6. future
  7. collaboration
  8. cooperating
  9. enjoying
  10. present
  11. telephone
  12. unborn

Original Text

And the second reason is that civilization is a mechanism to make these improvements that relies on the fact that we’re optimistically trusting others. We have total strangers that we can collaborate, and that collaboration allows us to make things beyond ourselves that are bigger than just what we can do. That requires trust, and trust is a type of optimism. But in addition to kind of cooperating with the eight billion total strangers on this planet accomplishing great things, we can also trust future generations. The billions of people yet unborn into the future. Right now, today, we are benefiting from the work of previous generations who undergone to create infrastructure -- roads canals, skyscrapers, telephone networks -- that we are now enjoying. In fact, we may be enjoying more benefits than they have back in the past when they began. So they have been acting as good ancestors for us, and sometimes even sacrificing what could have been immediate yields and benefits and postponing them until future generations. We also want to be good ancestors, and being good ancestors trying to move benefits to the future generations is an act of optimism. One, because we believe that there will be future generations, and two, because we are willing to sacrifice immediate gains in order to postpone -- have more gains into the future -- that investment. Being a good ancestor enables us to actually accomplish things not just beyond what we can do individually in the present, but what we can do over time.

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