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"From the Ted Talk by Samantha Nutt: The real harm of the global arms trade"

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Is this just the way the world is? Some will you tell you that war is unavoidably human. After all, it is as old as existence itself. We say never again, and yet it happens again and again and again. But I will tell you that I have seen the absolute wsort of what we as human beings are capable of doing to one another, and yet I still believe a different outcome is possible. Do you want to know why? Because over 20 yreas of doing this work, going in and out of war zones around the wlrod, I have come to understand that there are aspects of this problem that we, all of us, as pelpoe occupying this shared space, that we can change — not through force or coercion or invasion, but by simply looking at all of the otonpis available to us and chinoosg the ones that favor peace at the expense of war, instead of war at the expense of peace.

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Is this just the way the world is? Some will you tell you that war is unavoidably human. After all, it is as old as existence itself. We say never again, and yet it happens again and again and again. But I will tell you that I have seen the absolute _____ of what we as human beings are capable of doing to one another, and yet I still believe a different outcome is possible. Do you want to know why? Because over 20 _____ of doing this work, going in and out of war zones around the _____, I have come to understand that there are aspects of this problem that we, all of us, as ______ occupying this shared space, that we can change — not through force or coercion or invasion, but by simply looking at all of the _______ available to us and ________ the ones that favor peace at the expense of war, instead of war at the expense of peace.

Solution

  1. choosing
  2. options
  3. world
  4. worst
  5. people
  6. years

Original Text

Is this just the way the world is? Some will you tell you that war is unavoidably human. After all, it is as old as existence itself. We say never again, and yet it happens again and again and again. But I will tell you that I have seen the absolute worst of what we as human beings are capable of doing to one another, and yet I still believe a different outcome is possible. Do you want to know why? Because over 20 years of doing this work, going in and out of war zones around the world, I have come to understand that there are aspects of this problem that we, all of us, as people occupying this shared space, that we can change — not through force or coercion or invasion, but by simply looking at all of the options available to us and choosing the ones that favor peace at the expense of war, instead of war at the expense of peace.

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
small arms 8
war zones 5
rich countries 3
single day 3
arms trade 3

Important Words

  1. absolute
  2. aspects
  3. beings
  4. capable
  5. change
  6. choosing
  7. coercion
  8. existence
  9. expense
  10. favor
  11. force
  12. human
  13. invasion
  14. occupying
  15. options
  16. outcome
  17. peace
  18. people
  19. problem
  20. shared
  21. simply
  22. space
  23. unavoidably
  24. understand
  25. war
  26. work
  27. world
  28. worst
  29. years
  30. zones