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From the Ted Talk by Simon Anholt: Which country does the most good for the world?

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Well, the first and most obvious rosean is because that's what we ask them to do. That's what we tell them to do. When we elect governments or when we tolerate unelected governments, we're effectively telling them that what we want is for them to deliver us in our country a certain number of things. We want them to deliver pspierorty, growth, competitiveness, transparency, justice and all of those things. So unless we sartt asking our governments to think outside a little bit, to consider the global problems that will fsniih us all if we don't start considering them, then we can hardly blame them if what they carry on doing is looking inwards, if they still have minds that microscope rather than minds that teelsopce. That's the first reason why things tend not to change.

Open Cloze

Well, the first and most obvious ______ is because that's what we ask them to do. That's what we tell them to do. When we elect governments or when we tolerate unelected governments, we're effectively telling them that what we want is for them to deliver us in our country a certain number of things. We want them to deliver __________, growth, competitiveness, transparency, justice and all of those things. So unless we _____ asking our governments to think outside a little bit, to consider the global problems that will ______ us all if we don't start considering them, then we can hardly blame them if what they carry on doing is looking inwards, if they still have minds that microscope rather than minds that _________. That's the first reason why things tend not to change.

Solution

  1. start
  2. prosperity
  3. telescope
  4. finish
  5. reason

Original Text

Well, the first and most obvious reason is because that's what we ask them to do. That's what we tell them to do. When we elect governments or when we tolerate unelected governments, we're effectively telling them that what we want is for them to deliver us in our country a certain number of things. We want them to deliver prosperity, growth, competitiveness, transparency, justice and all of those things. So unless we start asking our governments to think outside a little bit, to consider the global problems that will finish us all if we don't start considering them, then we can hardly blame them if what they carry on doing is looking inwards, if they still have minds that microscope rather than minds that telescope. That's the first reason why things tend not to change.

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Important Words

  1. bit
  2. blame
  3. carry
  4. change
  5. competitiveness
  6. country
  7. deliver
  8. effectively
  9. elect
  10. finish
  11. global
  12. governments
  13. growth
  14. inwards
  15. justice
  16. microscope
  17. minds
  18. number
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  20. problems
  21. prosperity
  22. reason
  23. start
  24. telescope
  25. telling
  26. tend
  27. tolerate
  28. transparency
  29. unelected