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From the Ted Talk by Adora Svitak: What adults can learn from kids

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Then again, who's to say that certain types of irrational thinking aren't exactly what the world needs? Maybe you've had gnrad plans before, but stopped yourself, thinking, "That's impossible," or "That costs too much," or "That won't bifneet me." For better or worse, we kids aren't hampered as much when it comes to thinking about reasons why not to do things. Kids can be full of inriipsng aspirations and hopeful tknhniig, like my wish that no one went hungry, or that everything were free, a kind of utopia. How many of you still dream like that, and believe in the possibilities? Sometimes a kndwloege of hstiory and the past fuiarles of Utopian ideals can be a burden, because you know that if everything were free, then the food stocks would become depleted and scarce and lead to chaos. On the other hand, we kids still dream about perfection. And that's a good thing, because in order to make anything a reality, you have to dream about it first.

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Then again, who's to say that certain types of irrational thinking aren't exactly what the world needs? Maybe you've had _____ plans before, but stopped yourself, thinking, "That's impossible," or "That costs too much," or "That won't _______ me." For better or worse, we kids aren't hampered as much when it comes to thinking about reasons why not to do things. Kids can be full of _________ aspirations and hopeful ________, like my wish that no one went hungry, or that everything were free, a kind of utopia. How many of you still dream like that, and believe in the possibilities? Sometimes a _________ of _______ and the past ________ of Utopian ideals can be a burden, because you know that if everything were free, then the food stocks would become depleted and scarce and lead to chaos. On the other hand, we kids still dream about perfection. And that's a good thing, because in order to make anything a reality, you have to dream about it first.

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  1. history
  2. grand
  3. inspiring
  4. failures
  5. thinking
  6. benefit
  7. knowledge

Original Text

Then again, who's to say that certain types of irrational thinking aren't exactly what the world needs? Maybe you've had grand plans before, but stopped yourself, thinking, "That's impossible," or "That costs too much," or "That won't benefit me." For better or worse, we kids aren't hampered as much when it comes to thinking about reasons why not to do things. Kids can be full of inspiring aspirations and hopeful thinking, like my wish that no one went hungry, or that everything were free, a kind of utopia. How many of you still dream like that, and believe in the possibilities? Sometimes a knowledge of history and the past failures of Utopian ideals can be a burden, because you know that if everything were free, then the food stocks would become depleted and scarce and lead to chaos. On the other hand, we kids still dream about perfection. And that's a good thing, because in order to make anything a reality, you have to dream about it first.

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