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"From the Ted Talk by Karen Thompson Walker: What fear can teach us"

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And maybe if we all tried to read our fears, we too would be less often swayed by the most salacious among them. Maybe then we'd spend less time wryiorng about sriael killers and pnale crashes, and more time concerned with the subtler and slower disasters we face: the silent buildup of plaque in our airertes, the gaaudrl changes in our climate. Just as the most nnaceud stories in literature are often the richest, so too might our subtlest fears be the truest. Read in the right way, our feras are an amazing gift of the iigitonaamn, a kind of everyday clairvoyance, a way of glimpsing what might be the future when there's still time to influence how that future will play out. Properly read, our fears can offer us something as precious as our favorite works of literature: a little wisdom, a bit of ihngsit and a version of that most elusive thing — the truth. Thank you. (Applause)

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And maybe if we all tried to read our fears, we too would be less often swayed by the most salacious among them. Maybe then we'd spend less time ________ about ______ killers and _____ crashes, and more time concerned with the subtler and slower disasters we face: the silent buildup of plaque in our ________, the _______ changes in our climate. Just as the most _______ stories in literature are often the richest, so too might our subtlest fears be the truest. Read in the right way, our _____ are an amazing gift of the ___________, a kind of everyday clairvoyance, a way of glimpsing what might be the future when there's still time to influence how that future will play out. Properly read, our fears can offer us something as precious as our favorite works of literature: a little wisdom, a bit of _______ and a version of that most elusive thing — the truth. Thank you. (Applause)

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  2. nuanced
  3. gradual
  4. insight
  5. fears
  6. imagination
  7. plane
  8. serial
  9. worrying

Original Text

And maybe if we all tried to read our fears, we too would be less often swayed by the most salacious among them. Maybe then we'd spend less time worrying about serial killers and plane crashes, and more time concerned with the subtler and slower disasters we face: the silent buildup of plaque in our arteries, the gradual changes in our climate. Just as the most nuanced stories in literature are often the richest, so too might our subtlest fears be the truest. Read in the right way, our fears are an amazing gift of the imagination, a kind of everyday clairvoyance, a way of glimpsing what might be the future when there's still time to influence how that future will play out. Properly read, our fears can offer us something as precious as our favorite works of literature: a little wisdom, a bit of insight and a version of that most elusive thing — the truth. Thank you. (Applause)

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