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Wheatley, Margaret J. Turning to One Another: Simple Conversations to Restore Hope to the FutureSan Francisco: Berrett-Koshler Publishers, Inc.,

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Paul H (Jan 22 2021 5:59AM) : Note on Publication. Here we have a passage from a book whereas the second essay is the blog that informed the book's chapter. We might think about the potential impact of journaling/blogging, making our ideas public and accessible to clarify them.
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2002.

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Megan E (Jan 22 2021 5:33AM) : 2002? -> 2020 more

Looking at the year this piece of literature was written was a shock to me. Through the piece I continuously made connection to the election and to the pandemic. I felt like I was reading a powerful piece written in 2020 describing and giving advice to get through tough times. I believe that this piece is extremely important for others to read and hear especially during these times. Reading about having differences but succeeding together is something a lot of people need to hear as President Biden takes office. There is a lot of people out there that do not agree with Biden and the Democratic party, but as the text says, “It’s not our differences that divide us. It’s our judgments about each other that do.” We are all human and we are also all American.

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Anna W (Jan 22 2021 5:54AM) : 2020 more

I agree with you Megan these essays were relating to our uncertain life with the pandemic and election and everything else that has happened this past year.

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Jaclyn E (Jan 22 2021 8:36AM) : 18 years more

Seeing that this was written the year I was born shocks me. I have been a live for 18 years and the world has only gotten worst in the way people treat each other and their own, different opinions. This needs to change.

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Maddy C (Jan 22 2021 8:53AM) : Response to: Megan E more

I like that you took Wheatley’s suggestion and did it! You told us what shocked you. I too was shocked by the year it was written. I had assumed, like you, that it was written this year. I feel like it is something we all need to read right now.

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Abigail G (Jan 22 2021 10:27AM) : 18 Years more

This is one of the first things that I noticed. The author stated, “We live in a complex world, we often don’t know what’s going on, and we won’t be able to understand its complexity unless we spend more time in not knowing”. This was published in 2002 and it is so relatable in todays world. We wake up in the morning and have no clue what we are going to be challenged with during that day.

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Paul H (Jan 22 2021 5:42AM) : Time Stamp more

Megan (Blue One) has helped us to center the time stamp on this particular essay. If we really look at this time stamp we might say something about the election of 2000. The events of September 11, 2001. There was a divide in our nation at this time. . .some two decades prior to our consideration of this text.

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“Willing to Be Disturbed”

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Bryson G (Mar 11 2021 3:12PM) : skateboarding more

A new hobby I have picked up recently is skateboarding. In skateboarding you must be willing to “be disturbed”, or fail, or else you will not progress. Through the short time I have been taught a new meaning of being “willing to be disturbed”.

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As we work together to restore hope to the future, we need to include a new and strange ally—our willingness to be disturbed. Our willingness to have our beliefs and ideas challenged by what others think. No one person or perspective can give us the answers we need to the problems of today.Paradoxically, we can only find those answers by admitting we don’t know. We have to be willing to let go of our certainty and expect ourselves to be confused for a time.

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Trey K (Jan 24 2021 4:23PM) : Some Navy-Seal Advice more

“Be comfortable being uncomfortable” is a quote that was drilled into my head at a young age. As I have gotten older I have realized the significance of it.

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Isabella H (Feb 08 2021 10:15AM) : agree more

Trey, this too has been drilled into my head at a very young age. Not only in life but in sports as well. Honestly hearing this so much has made me never really want to stay inside the comfort zone.

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Isabella H (Feb 08 2021 10:12AM) : thoughts about this paragraph more

first I would like to point out where it says restoring hope into the future. That statement is a big part in todays world. We are all needing restoration in something coming up in the future. Also this whole paragraph is something so many people today struggle with, challenging beliefs and ideas admitting we do not actually know and letting go of certainty. Lacking acceptance in confusion.

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Natalie D (Jan 22 2021 10:59AM) : "hope to the future" more

Reading that this was written in 2002 is slightly shocking, for it seems very fitting for 2021. “Hope to the future,” this seems to be one of the statements many are holding onto going into 2021. After all 2020 entailed there has been a lot of hope centered around 2021.

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Victoria H (Jan 22 2021 1:23PM) : Response to Natalie more

I agree with you there. Her writing could definitely be applied to our lives right now and I am sure it will still apply in the decades to come. And for everyone’s sake, let’s hope 2021 is a better year than 2020.

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Autumn F (Jan 26 2021 8:55AM) : ¨willingness to be disturbed¨ more

This is something I could get behind. There is something about getting over a fear or something that previously disgusted me that gives a sense of relief that “Oh, maybe this isn’t so bad.”

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Bryson G (Mar 11 2021 2:58PM) : sentence 1 more

After reading this sentence I instantly got flashbacks to my first two years of high school football and being hammered with the phrase “you have to be uncomfortable with the uncomfortable” endlessly. Coach Dablow would even bring this quote off of the field and use it to motivate us in our everyday life.

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Jan 22
Christopher C (Jan 22 2021 5:43AM) : Being closed off the differences more

I feel like in today’s times most people are living in their own echo chambers. They surround themselves with people who believe what they believe and will repeat what they say. I see this most commonly with religious people or people invested into politics. I see ourselves becoming increasingly divided in a time where we need to all be unified.

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Grahm K (Jan 22 2021 9:22AM) : I agree more

I think it is always good to have somebody to push yourself against. Conversation leads the way to change. It is how we get to feel disturbed.

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Victoria H (Jan 22 2021 1:26PM) : I agree more

People do have a tendency to surround themselves with people who think the same as them and for what reason? It is always good to have your views challenged because it gives an opportunity to learn and see from a different perspective.

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Jackson N (Jan 25 2021 8:55PM) : I agree more

Those who surround themselves with their own thoughts or others who are like minded only serves to lessen the likelihood of them finding something new that they may enjoy

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Natalie D (Jan 22 2021 9:07AM) : Belief more

One of the keys to knowing what one truely believes is having one’s beliefs challenged. If a person still believes what they claim to believe after someone challenges their ideas then it is a belief. However, if someone can make a person change their beliefs by simply posing an alternative view then was it truly a sound belief to begin with?

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Madelynn K (Jan 22 2021 10:00AM) : Belief more

Natalie, I think it could be a sound belief. Someone can have a belief, have it challenged, then change what they were originally thinking. They could have not much to go by because they were closed off from the real world while growing up or maybe they do not have as many experiences as someone else. That person could have very little perspectives to go by, also.

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Abigail G (Jan 22 2021 10:38AM) : Paragraph 4, sentence 4 more

I identified an unknown word here and looked for the definition for better clearance of information being presented. Paradoxically: in a seemingly absurd or self-contradictory way

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Elizabeth B (Jan 22 2021 5:02PM) : Challenging Oneself more

I prefer when people challenge me and make me explain my viewpoints. It makes me out more thought into what I am doing or believing. If someone can’t explain their side with facts and certainty, then they probably need to rethink why they have those thoughts.

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TJ B (Jan 22 2021 10:02PM) : When we are willing to be disturbed, new thoughts on beliefs and ideas can help someone open up their mindset. Since the beliefs are being challenged, a person must do some critical thinking and determine why they believe what they believe. [Edited]
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Makenzie H (Jan 22 2021 5:54AM) : No one person [Edited] more

I would like to point out the author’s wording in this particular sentence. She says “No one person…” as in, one singular person cannot give us the answers, but it is possible that many people working together could. Their ideas and experiences together might create a solution that is beneficial to all, not just some, or even one.

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Maddy C (Jan 22 2021 8:55AM) : Response to: No one person [Edited] more

I feel like this is the reason that teachers always push on group projects. But before we all come together, I feel it is important to at least attempt to come up with an answer on your own. That way, when the group comes together, there is a starting point.

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Paul H (Jan 22 2021 9:00AM) : Timing. more

I’ve been thinking alot about flexible grouping and what this looks like. Some might look at it like “jigsaw” arrangements. But, I am really thinking about when a group needs to separate and then come back together. Group dynamics are fascinating. Especially in the classroom.

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Anna W (Jan 22 2021 5:56AM) : impossible more

To have all the answers to the universe is impossible because no one can gather that much information in just a lifetime.

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Victoria H (Jan 22 2021 1:28PM) : I agree more

These essays are all about everyone getting along, but we know that is impossible. It is ideal, but it is unrealistic.

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Keandra S (Jan 22 2021 4:16PM) : YES more

A person not being able to obtain all the information in the universe is the reason for why we now have so much information at our finger tips. This is due to the fact that the generations before us recorded their experiences and their knowledge in order for it to be passed down. By passing it down, they have allowed us to become educated in new topics.

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Ciara K (Jan 22 2021 6:22AM) : Not Knowing more

When we talk about not knowing something, many people are not willing to admit they do not know something. I feel society has put this feeling out that if we do not know something we are “dumb” and do not know anything. This is not true because not knowing can lead to us discovering more information from us trying to know the answer. People need to get rid of the idea that just because we do not know something means we are “dumb.”

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Keandra S (Jan 22 2021 2:58PM) : I agree more

I wish society would be more accepting of people not understanding new concepts. If society was not like this then people may be more open to trying and doing new things.

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Maddy C (Jan 22 2021 8:48AM) : Not Knowing more

I feel like the expectation to have an answer ready often makes a conversation frustrating. Something I have come to terms with however is admitting that I don’t know. It is a whole lot easier than making it up on the spot or fretting until you have an answer.

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Paul H (Jan 22 2021 8:49AM) : One Professor's Response more

I once had a professor who, if a student said they did not know something, would respond with, “When will you know?” It was almost as if he would suspend the question to another time when the student might have researched or thought about the answer. Questions often have answers. By their very nature. Good questions have necessary incubation periods.

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Karisten B (Jan 22 2021 11:12AM) : Breaking away [Edited] more

Probably the largest step to learning is breaking from the familiar. Taking a step back from what we know as the most comfortable will allow optimal growth and development.

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Keandra S (Jan 22 2021 4:20PM) : I somewhat disagree more

Seeing as most students use the same studying habits every time that they are trying to learn new information, is it really true that we need to remove being comfortable in order to learn?

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Zachary M (Jan 22 2021 10:04PM) : Answering Keandra's question more

Good question. I think the largest step to learning is experience and repetition. But even with that, that doesn’t mean what I’m learning is right or even “write”. Breaking away from what’s familiar forces you to learn and understand things at a different approach. What Karis and Wheatley are saying is that they think taking these new approaches are what is going to evoke more change and more understanding (for the better of course). So, no, you don’t have to be uncomfortable in order to learn, but you do in order to understand more and change for the better. Actually I can testify to what Karis and Wheatley are saying; I get that it may be different for everybody though, but I’ve personally found it to be the right/write answer.

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Zachary M (Jan 22 2021 9:38PM) : admitting I/we don't know more

Here I thought the “admitting you don’t know” part applied only to certain things. As students, we probably admit that we don’t know something all the time. The difference between that unknowing and the one she’s talking about is being at risk of something—usually embarrassment, or being judged. So, you could see why it’s got to be frustrating to admit you don’t know only for humility to be your answer. There’s a saying I just thought of too: “would you rather be ignorant for a moment or remain a fool for life?” So, I’ll take Margaret Wheatley’s side on this subject, but I do think it is neaive.

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Autumn F (Jan 26 2021 8:56AM) : No one person more

Correct, because we hold our futures in the palm of our hand. There’s a magnetic pull to any action you do that causes a chain reaction, but you have to make decisions for yourself before you decide to let anyone else do it for you.

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Paul H (Jan 22 2021 5:36AM) : Tony Robbins: "Why We Do What We Do" more

In his well-known (one of the more highly viewed TED talks or YouTube videos in the category of thought sharing), Robbins reduces the reasons we do things to six items. The first of these items is “certainty.” More interesting is that his second item is “uncertainty.”

https://www.ted.com/talks/tony_robbins_why_we_do_what_we_do?language=en

There is some language in the TED talk. Advisory here. An appearance by Al Gore within the presentation makes a historic timestamp.

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Karisten B (Jan 22 2021 11:14AM) : text - to - text more

This is not exactly the same, but it reminds me of the first chapter of our textbook, “Thinking about Literature.” The “many-Mindedness” section tells us to become comfortable with ambiguity and contradiction, and to listen to others, particularly when interpretation differs from our own. (11)

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Keandra S (Jan 22 2021 3:05PM) : I love this! more

I never would have thought of trying to relate the textbook to this essay. This quote fits perfectly with the theme of this essay. It is also interesting that a textbook we are learning from even tells us how we will truly begin to learn.

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Hanna O (Jan 22 2021 3:56PM) : It is okay to be confused more

This hits home for me, because I often get upset if I dont understand something or I am confused on something but like she said we need to expect ourselves to be confused.

We weren’t trained to admit we don’t know. Most of us were taught to sound certain and confident, to state our opinion as if it were true. We haven’t been rewarded for being confused. Or for asking more questions rather than giving quick answers. We’ve also spent many years listening to others mainly to determine whether we agree with them or not. We don't have time or interest to sit and listen to those who think differently than we do.

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Christopher C (Jan 22 2021 5:49AM) : Never being rewarded for being wrong more

I thought these sentences were dead on. I can distinctively remember the times I’d get candy for getting an answer correct or knowing my vocab in Mrs. Prout’s class. Never once was I rewarded for getting the wrong answer, instead if I wasn’t certain I was right I’d go mute. It was never rewarding to be the kid who couldn’t do the f(x) assignments or recite O Captain.

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Grahm K (Jan 22 2021 10:49AM) : Fun Facts with Grahm more

I started sending a fact a day and called this “series” “Fun Facts with Grahm”. I take suggestions for categories almost everyday, so my audience learns something new everyday while also at least seeming interested. I don’t know exactly what this could add for students, but maybe teachers/parents/advisors could take some consideration as to what the students want to learn. I know teachers have a certain curriculum they have to teach, but why not get a student’s perspective on the direction of the class? I know teachers that do this, and typically they are more liked and inclined to get responses and questions from students because they are more engaged.

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Trey K (Jan 24 2021 4:26PM) : Dunning-Kruger Effect more

Here is the part I mention the Dunning-Kruger effect. Okay, now we can all move on in peace.

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Paul H (Jan 22 2021 5:38AM) : Clint Smith TED Talk more

In his TED talk, Clint Smith speaks of four core principles in his classroom: two of these are Speak Clearly and Tell Your Truth.

https://www.ted.com/talks/clint_smith_the_danger_of_silence/transcript?language=en

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Karisten B (Jan 22 2021 11:27AM) : Confidence more

A trait of extroversion is natural confidence – A reason for being perceived as more worthy in the workplace and classroom setting.

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Natalie D (Jan 22 2021 9:11AM) : "if you say it with confidence then others will not question you" more

This is a phrase I have been told a lot in life. I do find it to be true, if I am ever asked a question I do not know the answer to and I reply back acting as if I am 100 percent certain what I am saying it true then nine times out of ten people believe me. While this may be a good tacit, if it is used in the manner to avoid admitting confusion it can be hurtful. A lot of times I use it in a joking manner or in a situation of little importance, however if I used this to justify everything I did and believe and never accepted being wrong, I would never learn and thus be stuck.

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Allen V (Jan 23 2021 10:50AM) : Our Opinions more

Our opinions are our opinions. Everyone’s opinion is a true opinion because there is no such thing as a false or wrong opinion so then why should be have to be taught to state our opinions as true if they always are?

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Jackson N (Jan 25 2021 9:02PM) : I Agree more

I am definitely one of those people who have the mindset that my opinion is my opinion, and I dint much care for the likes of what others have to say about it.

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Jocelyn F (Jan 22 2021 5:56AM) : Have we been rewarded? more

Ever since I could remember being in school, I have always been scared to raise my hand or speak up out of fear that my answer or statement could potentially be wrong and others would have different views that criticize my own.

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Fiorella P (Jan 22 2021 6:32AM) : Response to:Have we been rewarded? more

I agree with Jocelyn, I’ve never been one to raise my hand, I always thought if I said the wrong answer, other students would laugh. The worst part was if you didn’t raise your hand often it meant that you weren’t paying attention, your name would get called more than usual.

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Paul H (Jan 22 2021 6:35AM) : Visbility and Invisibility. more

Wow. We know this too. All of us do. The teacher included. But, who shuts it down? Who lets it air out? When does the lead learner stop addressing in the moment what has happened? I think the technology and online annotation DOES provide us all an opportunity to have our voice in the space. Now, it is time for a reclaimation act in the physical space.

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Brianna S (Jan 22 2021 7:15AM) : Response to: Have we been rewarded? more

I definitely understand the feeling of being afraid or ashamed to raise my hand and expose that I am uncertain about something I am learning. We have always been taught that there is shame in not knowing.

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Sarah T (Jan 22 2021 8:05AM) : Response to: Have we been rewarded? more

I totally agree with this. I have felt this was forever for the fear the teacher or my peers will think I’m not smart or good enough if I get the answer wrong. Even if I get called on and I do get the answer right, I still feel as though it wasn’t what they were really wanting.

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Maddy C (Jan 22 2021 8:57AM) : Response to: Have we been rewarded more

I used to do this all the time in school. I was the worst with it in middle school, but I feel high school has changed this for me. Questions are not only accepted, but encouraged.

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Meredith A (Jan 22 2021 6:46PM) : Response to: Have we been rewarded? more

I agree with everyone’s views and statements. I too have fallen victim to staying quiet when teachers ask questions. Many times it is because I am scared of what others think, and because I feel like I’ve disappointed the teachers when I answer wrong. What I hate even more than answering wrong is asking questions. I don’t know what it is, but when nobody else asks questions I feel stupid.

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Grahm K (Jan 22 2021 9:07AM) : I think I have been rewarded. more

I know that some people are scared to ask questions, especially when provoked because of fear. I can admit I am the same way in the classroom setting, but never really outside of that. At home or gatherings of really any sort, I have always been able and encouraged to ask questions. And with those questions come rewards: knowledge, sometimes something physical like candy, or even a provoking thought.

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Nicholas L (Jan 22 2021 9:14AM) : Asking questions more

I agree that asking questions in school can be tough. Some teachers help relieve this fear by saying things like" there are no dumb questions", the fear of looking silly often clouds these words of encouragement. Along with this outside of school I have been encouraged to ask questions, and “learn something new today” perhaps this may come from being in the same family.

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Madelynn K (Jan 22 2021 10:06AM) : Being confused more

I feel that a lot of students may feel annoying asking questions after questions just because they do not get the material. I know someone who did not get a certain math class and the teacher ended up getting annoyed of them. And it was because they simply were confused. Have we ever been rewarded? What was the reward?

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Abigail G (Jan 22 2021 10:40AM) : Paragraph 5, Sentence 4 more

Most people are so confident in their own opinion that they dont take other peoples opinions into consideration. We cause arguments because we “dont agree”. we should let out opinions be challenged by others thoughts.

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Victoria H (Jan 22 2021 1:31PM) : Response to Abigail more

Everyone wants to believe they are correct, but never verify that. Talking with others who have differing views can help us challenge our beliefs and maybe help us learn and see things in a new light.

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Meredith A (Jan 22 2021 6:45PM) : Amazing how this paper still related with today's problems more

This paper was written in January 2002. A whole year before I was born, and the sad part of this observation is that things haven’t changed. In my opinion our divide has only grown with the events that took place in 2020. Back when Margaret Wheatley was writing this, she basically begged society to start listening to each other. She asked us to think about what others said and actually contemplate their opinion. I personally feel as if we have failed Margaret Wheatley some way. Sure we attempted to come together to fight COVID-19, but in the end we failed to fix the problem together. Think back to what Margaret Wheatley seemed to ask of us back in 2002. Now think about how we have ultimately failed to do this.

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Paul H (Jan 22 2021 5:28AM) : From Some Reading I've Been Doing This Week more

In RISK.FAIL.RISE: A Teacher’s Guide to Learning from Mistakes, M. Colleen Cruz cites Kathryn Schultz who describes KNOWLEDGE as “Beliefs with citations.” An interesting push on the idea of knowledge and what we know.

But the world now is quite perplexing. We no longer live in those sweet, slow days when life felt predictable, when we actually knew what to do next.We live in a complex world, we often don’t know what’s going on, and we won’t be able to understand its complexity unless we spend more time in not knowing.

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Maddy C (Jan 22 2021 8:48AM) : "We weren't trained to admit we don't know." more

This is not true for me any longer. Being in Mr.Hankins’ class has taught me that there sort of is no wrong answer. Having more questions than answers is a good thing. If you have no questions, how can you learn? If you know all the answers, what are you learning?

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Keandra S (Jan 22 2021 3:08PM) : I agree more

I feel as though as a person grows up, they begin to establish their own ideas. This allows them to create their own questions about what is going on around them.

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Jackson N (Jan 25 2021 9:05PM) : "We no longer live in those sweet, slow days when life felt predictable" more

I think this really hit home for me just because I work a job nearly every single day now and I find that my schedule is not a free as it once was when I was growing up. I have also come to enjoy the much simpler things in life rather than just trying to rush through them now.

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Makenzie H (Jan 22 2021 5:57AM) : The world is quite perplexing more

I would like to reiterate that this article was written in 2002. What might the author think of the world now? What might they think about the state of our nation? The world has gotten much bigger and much more accessible than it was then.

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Fiorella P (Jan 22 2021 6:40AM) : Response to: the world is quite perplexing more

Society is still quite perplexing.As Makenzie mention this was written in 2002 but we have to remember that history does repeat itself and when has it stopped? I think we could take some advice from here and apply it to our society and see if it will do any good.

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Sarah T (Jan 22 2021 8:08AM) : Response to: The world is quite perplexing more

As I was reading this sentence, I immediately thought of January 6, 2021 and what the author would have thought about those actions. The world and society is very perplexing and it clearly hasn’t changed much since 2000.

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Jon H (Jan 22 2021 9:27AM) : The world is quite perplexing more

I cannot help but wonder in a general sense when the sentiment that the world was knowable ended. What ended it? Did it ever truly exist?

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Emma H (Jan 22 2021 6:33PM) : Unprecedented more

The first thought I am sure most have when reading this sentence is the events of 2020 and 2021. But the world was perplexing before 2020. The events that have happened are extreme and frightening, but not entirely new. But now we can see how the events of the past year are effecting not only our community, but the world around us. And this can bring out the best in some or the worst. Is the world perplexing or are the people on this earth perplexing?

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Makenzie H (Jan 22 2021 6:00AM) : We must spend more time in the not knowing more

I think this last sentence has held through the challenges of time. We live in a world FULL of the unknown. Despite this, people have worked together to make solutions. We have adapted, and the longer we spend in the unknown the more we can learn about our world and each other.

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Madelynn K (Jan 22 2021 10:12AM) : Unpredicatble more

Makenzie, speaking of a world full of the unknown, we never knew we would be experiencing almost half of our high school years through a global pandemic. We are currently adapting in the moment with online school and wearing masks when we are around other people.

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Katie H (Jan 22 2021 6:52AM) : Word Choice more

Using the words “not knowing” at the end of the paragraph sent the wrong message to me. As I read, it seemed as though this sentence was trying to say that we need to spend less time researching new concepts and trying to find solutions, and more time just being complacent with not knowing. While it is okay to not know, there should always be a drive to find out and understand. I feel that this sentence almost goes against what the whole piece was trying to get across.

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Allen V (Jan 23 2021 10:52AM) : Very True more

I feel like this sentence is even more true today than it was back when this essay was published. Everyday it seems like there is something new and unpredictable happening that we did not see.

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Jackson N (Jan 25 2021 8:58PM) : I Agree more

I feel like every time you turn around nowadays something crazy or unpredictable is happening on the news or out in the wold that we would have thought would have never happened in the past. I think Covid changed my perspective on this a lot though.

It is very difficult to give up our certainties—our positions, our beliefs, our explanations. These help define us; they lie at the heart of our personal identity. Yet I believe we will succeed in changing this world only if we can think and work together in new ways. Curiosity is what we need. We don't have to let go of what we believe, but we do need to be curious about what someone else believes. We do need to acknowledge that their way of interpreting the world might be essential to our survival.

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Paul H (Jan 22 2021 5:29AM) : And We Don't Have To more

As much as Wheatley presents the idea of confusion, curiosity, and change as a catalyst for change, here she suggests that we DON’T have to change. Our beliefs “lie at the heart of our personal identity.”

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Allen V (Jan 23 2021 10:56AM) : Yes it is more

I would have to agree with Wheatley when she says that it is hard to give our certainties. I feel like this is true because no one likes to admit that they were wrong about something.

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Megan E (Jan 22 2021 6:00AM) : What Defines You? more

Looking at this question it uncovers a lot of feelings and emotions. There are many things in this world that define us. Some of those things include race, gender, and religion. These things define us to others, but what defines yourself to you? What are you all about?

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Ciara K (Jan 22 2021 6:26AM) : Working Together more

When I hear we can only accomplish changing the world by working and thinking together it saddens me. In today’s society, we are very divided just because someone thinks differently than them. I cannot imagine a world where everyone comes together for a better future and world all together.

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Sarah T (Jan 22 2021 7:56AM) : Working Together more

I certainly agree. I hate to see our world so divided when it’s evident being together is what we need to succeed. I hope in the future society can come together to fix this.

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Karisten B (Jan 22 2021 11:32AM) : Collaboration more

Collaboration promotes curiosity and urge to learn more. Taking what we learn from others in addition to our own thoughts promotes the well-being of the whole community.

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Grahm K (Jan 22 2021 9:18AM) : Thinking at the heart of change more

Here, we see Wheatley tell us that confusion is okay and not okay in a sense. We really want to hold on to what we see as true, our certainties, because that is our identity. But then, Wheatley reveals that she thinks the way to succeed in changing the world is to challenge those beliefs. Do you think this way because it is what you were thaught, or do you think this way because you chose to do so? We need a sense of curiosity or wonder, just to inspire change… then we need to think about a different perspetive and how it will impact them.

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Elizabeth B (Jan 22 2021 5:48AM) : There Are Reasons People Believe What They Think Is Best more

I would like to believe everyone wants what is best for the world and wants to have a good life. However, it is a matter of what they believe will get the world to that point. There is a lot of evil that occurs and a lot of evil people who try to gain control, but it would also do some good to look in their perspectives. They want the control to change something that makes them unhappy, and they believe living in another way is what is best for society. For the most part, just because someone does not understand or agree with something, does not mean it is wrong or bad. Different countries live in a variety of unique ways; however, that does not mean we have to agree with it

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Anna W (Jan 22 2021 5:58AM) : opinions more

Getting to know someone else different opinions and perspectives is key in order to have an opinion on your own.

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Benjamin L (Mar 11 2021 10:10AM) : Opinions more

I agree , knowing someone’s thoughts and beliefs will help you decipher how and why they act. Helping form your own opinions

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Benjamin L (Mar 11 2021 10:09AM) : Curiosity more

Wheatley changes her word choice from confusion to curiosity. This is to help the reader accept the “unknown”. At first she uses confusion to help readers understand that not everything has an answer, then she uses curiosity to provide a way for readers to find the answer.

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Bryson G (Mar 11 2021 3:05PM) : understanding others more

If people today were more open to understanding others beliefs the world would be a much more peaceful place. Just like how the willingness to understand another is what separates a argument from a debate, this can also be true in the real world.

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Emma H (Jan 22 2021 6:38PM) : Essential more

Many things today have been deemed essential, but have we considered that people are essential? Our unique views and beliefs throughout time have allowed s to adapt and survive. Acknowledging. Listening. Understanding one another is still what will allow us to survive. You, me; we are what is essential for all our survival.

We live in a dense and tangled global system. Because we live in different parts of this complexity, and because no two people are physically identical,we each experience life differently. It’s impossible for any two people to ever see things exactly the same. You can test this out for yourself. Take any event that you’ve shared with others (a speech, a movie, a current event,a major problem) and ask your colleagues and friends to describe their interpretation of that event. I think you’ll be amazed at how many different explanations you’ll hear. Once you get a sense of diversity, try asking even more colleagues. You’ll end up with a rich tapestry of interpretations that are much more interesting than any single one.

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Trey K (Jan 24 2021 4:28PM) : Fly like a butterfly, sting like a bee more

Mohammad Ali once said, “The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life." If we aren’t learning what are we doing?

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Paul H (Jan 22 2021 5:31AM) : Thinking Again About Layers of Setting more

Does what we believe begin in the micro and move out to meso and macro if it even goes that far? What shift occurs in moving to macro to meso to micro? We remember, too, that many of us have not learned about PSYCHOLOGICAL Mindset/Frame as a element of setting (because we learned about place and time).

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Jon H (Jan 22 2021 9:21AM) : What are cultural norms? more

When I hear things in this context, social norms feel like such a far fetched concept. I remember talking about houses and how they have changed. Once they were more boxed in, but now the stress is on openness. I was wondering when that changed, and whether people recognize those changes in society. Or do we just sort of go with the flow? Is anyone leading anyone? Or is it just chaos with a thin veil known as cultural normality?

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Jocelyn F (Jan 22 2021 6:04AM) : Experiencing life more

Wheatley explains how no two people share the same identities. Everyone is their own unique person and this is the source for varying ideas. Wheatley explains that we experience life differently and this allows for everyone thoughts to contradict another’s thoughts and lead us to a new way of interpreting and analyzing events.

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Autumn F (Jan 26 2021 8:57AM) : ¨We each experience life differently.¨ more

It is still crazy personally that every day when I drive home from school or go to work, I am driving past people I’ll more than likely never meet these people and they are leading the same complex lives such as mine.

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Kassidy R (Jan 22 2021 5:49AM) : yes, more

It does not matter how physically similar we are. We all have different family, experiences, trauma, mindsets, and we were all raised differently. We can never accurately debate how valid someone’s response to something is because all we know is how we would respond. We never know how someone else is wired based on their past, present, and future.

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Jaclyn E (Jan 22 2021 8:31AM) : Differences more

That is going to happen no matter where you are in the world and that okay. But its how we treat people with different beliefs than us that is not okay.

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Madelynn K (Jan 22 2021 10:25AM) : Different experiences more

If I met someone that had been the exact places as me, we would have hundreds of different stories to tell that the other did not have. We would not love the same places or have the same favorites. We may prefer a different trip than another. Everyone leads different lives and has different memories.

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Hanna O (Jan 22 2021 4:02PM) : Text-to- World more

When reading this, it brought be back to 2017 when many were seeing a dress in a different perspective than others. Many saw it as a white and gold, but many also saw it as a black and blue dress. We will never see something the same as someone else will.

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Paul H (Jan 22 2021 5:33AM) : Or Our Classmates more

Bringing this essay to the young people who may or may not have relationships yet with “colleagues.” The work can happen in our classrooms too.

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Maddy C (Jan 22 2021 8:50AM) : Colleagues more

At work, one of my favorites things to do is watch how differently everyone works. Every single person had their individual way of prepping our food. I am not sure why, but it is fascinating to me.

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Allen V (Jan 23 2021 11:01AM) : Would this really work? more

I feel like people tend to hangout more with people that like the same things that they do and that tend to see things the same way. So, with that said, even though this sounds like an excellent idea on paper, I do not think that it would really work out well in reality.

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Christopher C (Jan 22 2021 5:52AM) : Have to be willing to listen more

I think people would be amazed at everyone else’s different explanations however that is assuming people will being willing to hear those explanations. We must first be willing to let go of our certainty and listen.

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Karisten B (Jan 22 2021 11:36AM) : his side, her side, and the truth more

I’ve had to ask around in attempt to resolve issues before, and at times, I found I would be angered by other people “misinterpreting” the events. In retrospect, this in its self is problematic. By doing this, no one is allowed to have a differing perspective, and the only correct answer becomes my own, which is not right.

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Jessica O (Jan 22 2021 10:07AM) : Two sides more

This plays off the idea that Mr. Hankins states all the time! “No matter how thin you make a pancake there is always going to be two sides.” Its crazy how even the same exact event can provoke such different emotions in different people. A speech may be easy as pie for one student and an awful, anxiety inducing one for someone else.

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Kylie R (Jan 22 2021 1:02PM) : Perspectives more

Sometimes people forget to think of other people’s point of view. If we put ourselves in other people’s shoes, it may resolve any misunderstandings or problems

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Elizabeth B (Jan 22 2021 5:06PM) : Diversity more

People who are more diverse are more knowledgeable about the world and society. If someone has never explored and witnessed different ways of living, they are more prone to being stubborn and thinking their way is the only way. I will admit that I do not know a lot about the world; however, from traveling to Europe, South America, Mexico, Canada, etc, I have been able to witness different ways of living. Due to this I am a better appreciation for my life and know that ways of growing up affect individuals’ views.

To be curious about how someone else interprets things, we have to be willing to admit that we’re not capable of figuring things out alone. If our solutions don’t work as well as we want them to, if our explanations of why something happened don’t feel sufficient, it’s time to begin asking others about what they see and think. When so many interpretations are available, I

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Brianna S (Jan 22 2021 7:19AM) : Exploring different view points more

I like the last sentence in this paragraph. It is so important to explore different perspectives and question what we know. Hearing what others think and believe helps us reconsider our own values and see things a little clearer.

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Kassidy R (Jan 22 2021 5:44AM) : True more

Yes, sometimes “we’re not capable of figuring things out alone.” Maybe it is because we have never experienced the thing in question or maybe we have always been on the wrong side of the situation. Either way, a new perspective can make everything clearer.

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Elizabeth B (Jan 22 2021 5:51AM) : Seeing From Other People's Perspective more

Seeing from other people’s view can help solve arguments and fights. When my friends and I are upset with one another, I try looking at it from their perspectives. If someone does not realize they hurt another person’s feelings, it is important to back track and realize what they said or did to make someone hurt. In their own view they may not think it was something that should have caused harm; however, what matters is that it did cause a person to be upset.

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Brianna S (Jan 22 2021 7:21AM) : Response to: Seeing from other people's perspective more

Elizabeth, I agree it is very important to try and see things from another person’s point of view. This is especially true when you are having an argument or discussion and no one can seem to agree.

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Kylie R (Jan 23 2021 5:06PM) : Views more

I agree putting yourself in other people’s shoes can be a good way to resolve problems. It is easy to assume that we are always right, but if we look at others views, we may think differently.

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Nicholas L (Jan 22 2021 9:17AM) : 407 more

This line embodies what one of Mr. Hankins most famous lines is, “the smartest voice in the room is the room.” Being in a class with so many smart and thoughtful kids, we can bring so much more to the table when we all listen and present different ideas.

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Hana P (Mar 14 2021 8:56PM) : listening more

This is so important. We need to take more time to listen then to speak.

can’t understand why we would be satisfied with superficial conversations where we pretend to agree with one another.

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Fiorella P (Jan 22 2021 6:52AM) : Why do we pretend? more

“Hey, how’s it going?” “Great, thanks. You?” “I’m fine!” regular conversation right? Has a connection just occurred, or been blocked? We’re following a convention but hidden our experiences. Maybe because it’s safer, or it’s the scrip; we are “supposed to” stay on the surface so we do.

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Brianna S (Jan 22 2021 7:27AM) : Response to: Why do we pretend? more

Fiorella, A lot of conversations are superficial with the goal of having no argumentation or problems.I agree it is easier to just agree and pretend everything said in conversation is certain. It is safer to agree than to bring up a different viewpoint.

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Karisten B (Jan 22 2021 11:42AM) : Avoidance more

I think, in our society, it is more traditional to have these superficial conversations just to avoid silence. If the topic of discussion becomes too deep, messy, or controversial, I find I either agree with the other person, give just enough push back to provide my perspective to allow them to rethink for a moment, or stay completely silent. Like previously mentioned, we are almost following a script to avoid problems later.

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Jessica O (Jan 22 2021 10:15AM) : Speaking your mind more

SO many people are scared to speak their mind for fear of losing friends. It look me nearly 18 years to realize that sometimes people don’t deserve your friendship. Sometimes its just better to let some people go, even if it hurts.

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Jarrett G (Jan 22 2021 12:20PM) : "I respect your opinion, but it's wrong" more

In past experiences with speaking political, religious, or any traditionally taboo topics, the person and I will actually try to hear the person’s side, but it feels like they don’t try to understand my side. This part just made me think of superficial conversation.

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Isabella H (Feb 25 2021 7:01AM) : Paragraph thoughts more

I feel as though I am sometimes afraid to express my opinion and I am not even talking politically in today’s world. We have these conversation with friends or just random people where we just go along with it. Whenever asked how you are you always just say fine, or I am living, or some superficial response. Almost nobody really wants to hear how you are doing and almost nobody responds back with actually I am not doing great.

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Bryson G (Mar 11 2021 3:08PM) : Yes-men more

Although the world does need more open minded people in the world, this does not mean it needs more yes men. People still need to create their opinions.

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There are many ways to sit and listen for the differences. Lately, I’ve been listening for what surprises me. What did I just hear that startled me? This isn’t easy – I’m accustomed to sitting there nodding my head to those saying things I agree with. But when I notice what surprises me, I’m able to see my own views more dearly, including my beliefs and assumptions.Noticing what surprises and disturbs me has been a very useful way to see invisible beliefs. If what you say surprises me, I must have been assuming something else was true. If what you say disturbs me, I must believe something contrary to you. My shock at your position exposes my own position. When I hear myself saying, “How could anyone believe something like that?” a light comes on for me to see my own beliefs. These moments are great gifts. If I can see my beliefs and assumptions, I can decide whether I still value them.

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Abigail G (Jan 22 2021 10:41AM) : Paragraph 11, sentence 5 more

When someones opinion surprises you because it goes against yours it can do two things, make your opinion stronger, or open your mind to someone elses viewpoint.

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Paul H (Jan 22 2021 5:32AM) : The Basic Questions more

What do you see?
What do you notice?
What do you wonder?
What do you want to know more about?

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Trey K (Jan 24 2021 4:29PM) : Brain Filtering more

The brain filters out what it does not want to hear. I have noticed this with learning about new things. Take for example, I learned more about cars. The next day at school it will seem like everyone happened to be talking about cars.

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Megan E (Jan 22 2021 5:49AM) : Find Yourself Through Others more

The author speaks about how she is able to see her own views by listening to others. Through reading this piece you can clearly get an idea that you should open up your ears, heart, and mind to others. Through opening yourself up you might find something about yourself that you didn’t even know about. It reminds me of when I give my mom massages and she says, “I didn’t know I hurt there until you started massaging there.” Listening to others is the same concept. You might not know you agree or disagree with someone or something until it is brought up. This truly shows that opening yourself up to others can help you find yourself.

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Karisten B (Jan 22 2021 11:46AM) : Seeing more clearly more

When I get surprised or even challenge, my initial thoughts are usually anything along the lines of “what did they just say?” But taking some time to really understand what a person is saying is more beneficial than just blocking out differing opinions. Opposing views offer insight into other’s lives that may help us better understand later.

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Hanna O (Jan 22 2021 4:05PM) : Finding our true beliefs more

In her experience, she is explaining how she was so used to just nodding her head because everything she was hearing from another individual was going alongside her beliefs until shewould hear something shocking. When she hears something that shocks her, it gives her an opportunity to step back and look to see if that is one of her beliefs as well and it could turn into an invisible belief.When we are having conversations with other individuals, we need to really listen intently because we could discover an invisible belief we never knew were about of us.

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Zachary M (Jan 22 2021 10:36PM) : "...I can decide whether I still value them." more

Honestly, just about everyone does this. This is a very fundamental aspect of learning. The more I thought about this, I realized change does result in it. Pretty cool how we unconsciously place a value on our things, beliefs and assumptions, and how that value can change so quickly.

I hope you’ll begin a conversation, listening for what’s new. Listen as best you can for what’s different, for what surprises you. See if this practice helps you learn something new. Notice whether you develop a better relationship with the person you’re talking with. If you try this with several people, you might find yourself laughing in delight as you realize how many unique ways there are to be human.

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Kassidy R (Jan 22 2021 5:42AM) : Yes, more

This is something that allows my mother and I to have a good relationship. She is an extremely good parent because from many parents and adults I have observed, she is one of few that admits that she is wrong sometimes and will hear my side of things and actually apologize to me for her initial reaction. She does not just assume she is right because she is the parent and she was raised one way. She always listens to me and understands when things might need to be done differently and stray from what she knows.

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Savannah K (Jan 22 2021 6:27AM) : Response more

I would have to agree that my mom is the same exact way. She is always willing to sit there and listen to my side of the story and hear what I have to say about it. She never automatically jumps to conclusions and doesn’t want to hear me out. She is always willing to discuss the situation with me and allow e to be heard. I feel like the parents of kids that don’t listen are struggling to be able to talk to others now. I feel like they don’t have anyone to really talk to. This is why listening to one another really helps everyone out. It is good to hear both sides of every story.

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We have the opportunity many times a day, everyday, to be the one who listens to others, curious rather than certain. But the greatest benefit of all is that listening moves us closer. When we listen with less judgment, we always develop better relationships with each other. It’s not differences that divide us. It’s our judgments about each other that do. Curiosity and good listening bring us back together.

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Sarah T (Jan 22 2021 8:10AM) : Why do people judge people? more

In the end, people are all the same and it makes me upset to see others treat each other with hate. We’re not all that different inside.

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Paul H (Jan 22 2021 5:40AM) : Many Conversations/Some Purposeful more

While many conversations happen all day long while we are at home, at school, or at work. . .how many happen without guidance or a direction that would be purposeful and move the participants in a direction? Who invites these conversations? Who encourages the work to happen? Who is at the table? Who is not?

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Savannah K (Jan 22 2021 5:58AM) : Response to Many Conversations/Some Purposeful more

I feel like the world we live in today many people are not sitting down and listening to one another and this is where conflict is coming into play. Conversations can be made purposeful just by having two engaging people talking about one subject. Although you have to be willing to listen every now and then. A lot of conversations go unheard because the person you are talking to is not listening and not engaged in the conversation. As mentioned as a question many go without guidance that could turn purposeful. Many conversations are mostly blabber but they would be turned into a meaningful conversation. Both people have to engage in this conversation in order for it to be invited and meaningful. Both participants or how many are engaged in the conversation have to have the willingness to sit down and listen and also be heard.

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Zachary M (Jan 22 2021 10:51PM) : Response to "Response to Many Conversations/Some Purposeful" more

Fun fact, the humans average attention span is 8 seconds. Isn’t that crazy? We want to talk and have conversations with people all day, but can only listen 8 seconds at a time. I’d imagine that this contributes heavily to one’s ability to hold a meaningful conversation.

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TJ B (Jan 22 2021 10:10PM) : Listening allows a person to gain information without disclosing their own beliefs. A curious person can listen and learn from others without really ever sharing their opinion.
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Ciara K (Jan 22 2021 6:35AM) : Listening more

I would like to consider myself someone who listens to others and actually gets something out of the conversation. However, I know this is not the case for many people sadly. When some people listen to others it can make them angry or sad and they want to retaliate by saying hateful things. I feel as thought listening to others does not always bring us closer especially when it is about different points of views about a topic. I wish everyone would get over the fact that everyone is not going to agree with them and they would just listen and have a civil conversation. The world would be a much better of a place if more people did this.

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Jaclyn E (Jan 22 2021 8:33AM) : Relationships more

Author Wheatley could not explain this any better. We, as humans, judge was too quickly and harshly which is what damages relationships between each other.

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Meredith A (Jan 22 2021 6:47PM) : Agreeing with her idea more

You are absolutely right. Most people don’t even let a conversation start before an opinion on them has been formed. This basically stops a relationship from even beginning to form.

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Maddy C (Jan 22 2021 8:51AM) : Listening With Less Judgement more

I always try to be judgement free when I walk into a conversation, and I hope whoever I talk to is doing the same.

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Sometimes we hesitate to listen for differences because we don’t want to change. We’re comfortable with our lives, and if we listened to anyone who raised questions, we’d have to get engaged in changing things. If we don’t listen, things can stay as they are and we won’t have to expend any energy. But most of us do see things in our life or in the world that we would like to be different. If that’s true, we have to listen more, not less. And we have to be willing to move into the very uncomfortable place of uncertainty. We can’t be creative if we refuse to be confused. Change always starts with confusion; cherished interpretations must dissolve to make way for the new. Of course it’s scary to give up what we know, but the abyss is where newness lives. Great ideas and inventions miraculously appear in the space of not knowing. If we can move through the fear and enter the abyss, we are rewarded greatly. We rediscover we’re creative.

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Makenzie H (Jan 22 2021 6:03AM) : We don't want to change more

Change brings challenge. Sometimes, we as humans feel that we have enough challenge as it is. We prioritize, and most of the time change, even in only some aspects of our lives, are usually at the bottom of our list. If it doesn’t affect us, we are less likely to change it. Most people ask, “why would I go through the hardship if I cannot directly benefit?”

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Hanna O (Jan 22 2021 4:08PM) : Response to Makenzie more

I agree with you, we often find ourselves purposely avoiding change because we know it will be a challenge. It can be hard to hear the difference in opinion or beliefs when talking to another individual, but sometimes that can be an open door or educating ourselves on their point of view.

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Natalie D (Jan 22 2021 9:15AM) : Change more

Change is something in my life that challenges me. I am not a huge fan of it especially when it is a big change. I have one of these big changes coming up in my life soon, just like every senior. I have to decide what to do after high school and immerse from the grade school bubble I have been in since I was six. While I am excited for this change I am also extremely nervous and scared. This causes me to avoid talking or listening to conversations about it. I sometimes tell myself if I do not talk/hear about it I do not have to think about it or deal with it at the moment. Which is true, but it does not change the fact that it will happen in a few short months.

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Meredith A (Jan 22 2021 6:47PM) : I am also not a fan of change more

I to hate change. When we went into quarantine and my daily routine completely changed it freaked me out. It caused me to basically shut down. I have since gotten over that because we have gone back to school. But now I am dealing with the biggest change of our life. Like you said, I try to avoid conversations about anything related. Especially where scholarships are concerned, talking about them makes me panic just because all the due dates are coming up.

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Nicholas L (Jan 22 2021 9:20AM) : Change in state more

I have heard this fear of change be compared to jumping into a cold pool. Often we hesitate not because it will hurt, but because it is different. This fear of change is purely physical with the pool example however, we also often hesitate to change mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

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Jessica O (Jan 22 2021 10:09AM) : Change more

People are terrible with change, this is a fact. We are afraid of it. We are so scared to leave behind a routine that we know so well. Change brings unknown which we dread. Fear of the unknown has lead to a lot… a LOT of issues, even issues as big as racism or homophobia all sprout from this overwhelming fear of the unknown.

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Kylie R (Jan 22 2021 12:53PM) : Is staying comfortable good or bad? more

When I got to this point in this article, I couldn’t help but to think about my next step in life. As seniors about to graduate, what will our life look like after high school? We seem comfortable where we are in life right now so we may not want to go out of our comfort zone. Change is good. Staying comfortable is also good, but what if changing and going out of our comfort zone is something we need as our next step?

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Jan 22
Emma H (Jan 22 2021 6:41PM) : Listening more

If we want a better world we must stop and listen to what is wrong. Only then can we begin to understand the problem and find a way to fix it. Ignoring problems and wishing for a better world only works if you have a glass slipper and a fairy godmother.

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Jan 22
Kassidy R (Jan 22 2021 5:47AM) : Yes, more

I feel like throughout my life I have always been positioned in this place of uncertainty, always seeing both sides and being able to adapt my opinion. I guess what I have learned is not everything is exact. Everything depends on something else and everyone should be willing to see that not everything is black and white. Some things require continued thought and listening to other perspectives.

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Jan 22
Ciara K (Jan 22 2021 6:38AM) : Confusion more

I know I am someone who hates being confused about something and try everything possible to become not confused. I am having a hard time grasping the thought that by being confused it can cause us to be creative. I feel as though being confused can lead us to doing the wrong things. I do not think the wrong things is what would be considered “creative” in this situation.

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Jan 22
Jon H (Jan 22 2021 8:57AM) : Confusion as a means of fear [Edited] more

For myself at least, there can be a very real fear in beginning something new to myself or engaging someone in a realm of conversation in which I lack a great deal of knowledge. I fear that in a public setting confusion could simply be considered ignorance to the subject, and I at least can assume that ignorance will be met with unrest amongst the people that have been much more involved in the activity or topic at hand thus far. It is honestly quite relieving to hear that confusion breeds creativity.

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Jan 22
Paul H (Jan 22 2021 8:58AM) : Being at the Table/In the Room more

I think this is very insightful (and vulnerable). Often we don’t know what to say or to do. Presence is powerful. Absence…well…simply not being there.

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Jan 22
Anna W (Jan 22 2021 5:51AM) : conflict=change more

I do not agree with this change can also be made because of conflict.

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Jarrett G (Jan 22 2021 12:39PM) : But why did the conflict change the opinion... more

I see where you are coming from, but if a change didn’t happen, there would be no reason for conflict. Conflict always has a resolution. it is a way to learn about each other.

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Jan 22
Jon H (Jan 22 2021 9:25AM) : My THIS more

This principle was the fulcrum of my THIS project last year, where I asked that same question, and findings are interesting. There are studies that exist where people choose something that they know will be bad over something they do not know about, simply because they fear that lack of knowledge more than something negative they know about. It is a difficult challenge being called onto us, but a rewarding one.

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As the world grows more strange and puzzling and difficult, I don’t believe most of us want to keep struggling through it alone, I can’t know what to do from my own narrow perspective. I know I need a better understanding of what’s going on. I want to sit down with you and talk about all the frightening and hopeful things I observe, and listen to what frightens you and gives you hope. I need new ideas and solutions for the problems I care about. I know I need to talk to you to discover those. I need to learn to value your perspective, and I want you to

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Jan 26
Autumn F (Jan 26 2021 8:58AM) : ¨As the world grows...¨ more

Being alone is scary, and I think people are starting to realize that after the year that we have

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Jan 22
Savannah K (Jan 22 2021 6:16AM) : Troubling Times more

No one should be alone through their adventure. They should be wanting people next to them in uncertain times. Willing to let others in and help them out. Not everyone wants to go through these things in their life alone, therefore listening to what others have to say may help you out in life. It might tell you a story that will help guide you in the right path. May help you realize what you want out of life. People are needing to express their beliefs, feelings, and thoughts to other people. Do you have someone you can share those things with? Do you listen to others? Are you willing to be there for someone who needs you the most? 

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Kylie R (Jan 28 2021 9:19AM) : Loneliness more

I also agree no one should go through life alone. Especially in my life, it would be extremely difficult going through this without anyone. It is healthy to talk about your feelings and what you’re going through with others and when you’re alone, this would be difficult to do so.

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Jan 22
Sarah T (Jan 22 2021 8:00AM) : Finding ourselves in each other more

I think this sentence is an important part of this article because it demonstrates just one example of how people can come together. By doing something like this, you can learn so much about another person which is what opens our minds or even can surprise us.

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Jan 22
Jarrett G (Jan 22 2021 12:33PM) : yes! more

This is the whole point of the article. I think we should break away from our old ways of hearing, but not listening to each other. The differences between the two are huge.

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Jan 22
Natalie D (Jan 22 2021 9:18AM) : Listen more

On the second page of this article starting with “can’t understand why we would be satisfied,” and ending with “and I want you to,” the word listen is used 11 times. I may have missed one or two but regardless this is a large number for one single action. The repetition of this word emphasizes the importance of this word and the gravity behind the action itself. One must listen to learn, to grow, and to become the best version of themselves.

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value mine. I expect to be disturbed by what I hear from you. I know we don’t have to agree with each other in order to think well together. There is no need for us to be joined at the head. We are joined by our human hearts.

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Jan 22
Maddy C (Jan 22 2021 8:51AM) : We are joined at the heart, not the head. more

I like the idea that we can all be a team although we do not have the same ideas and beliefs. Afterall, I guess we all are just trying to have a good life.

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Jarrett G (Jan 22 2021 12:25PM) : I agree more

I made notes of this in my handout. I was going to say that this is what makes us humans and unites us.

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Jan 22
Megan E (Jan 22 2021 5:53AM) : Value your Opinion more

It is important that while opening up your heart and mind, you keep yourself in mind. You can sometimes lose yourself when you get too caught up in what everybody else is thinking and feeling. You need to listen to others, but you need to remember to listen to yourself.

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Jan 22
Jaclyn E (Jan 22 2021 8:34AM) : Value Mine more

That is the problem people do not want their perspective valued but rather be able to “say” what they want to say even if no one is really listening.

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Jan 22
Savannah K (Jan 22 2021 6:10AM) : Thinking as a Nation more

Throughout his text my main takeaway was that in order to hear someone out you must listen first. I think this is where we are going wrong in the world today. We are not hearing one another out and being there as a listener. We are all voicing our own opinions and they aren’t being hard because no one is willing to listen. No one is willing to sit there and not speak while someone else tells the story or something important that is needed to be heard. This is where we are running into uncertainties and problems. My mom has always told me to be a good listener and that it will get me many big places in my life. She has been right so far. Just by listening it has allowed me to decide what I want to do for my career. It has allowed me to figure things out on my own and to learn new things in this world we are living in. It also allows me to hear others out when they need to be heard and engage in conversation with them. LISTEN every once in awhile.
Do you think the world would be different if people just listened to one another?

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Jan 22
Nicholas L (Jan 22 2021 9:23AM) : Room 407 more

Again, I think this sentence Mr. Hankins has said to us more times than I can count, “the smartest voice in the room is the room” of course we will not all think the same, that is why the sentence rings true. By thinking together and hearing each others opinions we can come to the best solution to any problem we face.

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Jan 26
Autumn F (Jan 26 2021 8:59AM) : No need to be joined at the head more

I appreciate this statement because I think it talks about how we should all be unique and different, all expressing our own individuality, but to all love eachother as equal because the same red blood is shared by every single one of us.

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Jan 22
Paul H (Jan 22 2021 5:44AM) : The Adjoining more

This is a compelling point to complete Wheatley’s thoughts here. It is a sort of invitation that would be easily written off as too soft, too sentimental. Not possible right now. If we believe that “Love wins. Love always wins,” we might better reconcile the seat. . .the heart. . .of love.

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Emma H (Jan 22 2021 6:47PM) : Hearts [Edited] more

It is the hearts of us that will be the change. The empathy. The compassion. The sentiments of one another that will change our world.

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Disturb Me, Please!

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Natalie D (Jan 22 2021 10:34AM) : The need of being distubed more

Before going any further into this article I had to laugh upon reading this. In my family one cannot go more than 10 minutes without being disturbed, except for in the middle of the night. (In some cases it still happens) While is is annoying at time and can drive us all insane, I find myself feeling very weird if it doesn’t happen. When nobody comes into my room to talk or my dad isn’t running down the hallway acting like a goof life doesn’t seem right. As much as it can annoy me I find myself wanting to be disturbed when it isn’t happening.

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The Works: Your Source to Being Fully Alive, Summer 2000

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If we are people exploring the unknown, if we are to be the pioneers and discoverers of the new world, then I'd like us to notice the presence of some essential but unusual companions. One of our greatest friends on this journey of discovery is a very strange ally--disturbance. It feels important to me to highlight disturbance's role as a friend because I have come to see certainty as a curse. This was not a realization that came easily to me. I, like most of you, was raised in the traditions of Western schooling. Knowing the right answer was always rewarded. Intelligence was equated with how well I did on tests, and most tests were about knowing the right answer. Later, as a leader, I was promoted for my certainty-I had the vision, I knew how to get there, and people would follow me based on how well I radiated that certainty, how well I disguised my fears.

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Maddy C (Jan 22 2021 9:18AM) : Disturbance as a word more

Disturbance has always seemed like a negative word to me. It seems possible to view it as “How does this affect me?” or “What surprises me about this?,” rather than fretting about it.

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Victoria H (Jan 22 2021 1:33PM) : I agree more

When I started reading this essay I was confused why she would use disturbance in this context, but she made it make sense. It does not have to be used in a negative way.

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Hanna O (Jan 22 2021 4:12PM) : I agree as well more

I agree as well that I often saw disturbance as a negative word, but as she explaining why we need it I found my self understanding more that disturbance is a good thing and it could help us learning something new.

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Paul H (Jan 22 2021 5:48AM) : Pioneers/Discoverers. more

Written in 2000, some three or four years before many of you were born, I think this is a sort of call to YOU. My generation seems to have stabilized. Watch our leadership in our country right now. There is a sort of “agedness” about what is holding power and holding sway over both discourse and direction of our Democracy. But, there is a new energy coming from a younger crowd now. It will be interesting to see where this. . .leads.

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Autumn F (Jan 26 2021 8:59AM) : Exploring the unknown more

I believe every single person is their own pioneer. They are exploring the unknown with themselves. Finding what they like: hobbies, favorite foods, music taste, even who they love.

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Megan E (Jan 22 2021 7:00AM) : Disturbance more

Looking at disturbance it might make you feel uncomfortable but that is a good thing. As Kristin Lohr says, “Growth is uncomfortable because you’ve never been here before- you’ve never been this version of you.” This only proves that disturbance is a good thing because you grow from being uncomfortable and pushing yourself. We all need a little more disturbance in our lives.

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Jan 22
Jon H (Jan 22 2021 9:30AM) : The crave for disturbance more

Last year I was rather interested in why people enjoy things that traditionally would be horrifying. Essentially, the takeaway was that people enjoyed feeling the rush of a new experience. That instills some hope for myself that there is a very real chance this could become more of a status quo amongst the general population.

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Emma H (Jan 22 2021 5:58PM) : Disturbances role more

Disturbance plays an important role in society. Disturbance brings the uncomfortable to the table to it can be improved. Disturbance is what allows for progress to be made. If humans forever stuck to what they knew, mindsets forever undisturbed how many events in history would not have happened. Anything new, unpopular, or uncomfortable at the time would have went unchanged and unspoken.

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Bryson G (Mar 11 2021 3:16PM) : Disturbance as an ally? more

Part of me agrees with this sentence but part of me totally does not. I believe that disturbance can be ones bestfriend and what gets them to success. I also believe that disturbance has been the fall of many.Therefore disturbance can be your best friend depending on how you handle it.

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Christopher C (Jan 22 2021 5:56AM) : Disturbances as a friend more

I love how disturbance is referred to as a friend. I’ve never been challenged sitting in my bed eating and watching Netflix. You’ll never be pushed to become better if your always comfortable. Outside of your comfort zone is where you learn the most about yourself and others.

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Ciara K (Jan 22 2021 6:42AM) : Disturbances more

I never thought disturbance would be referred to as a friend and I think this is a concept many of us would have a hard time grasping. I think of people or my dog as being my friend but not disturbance. I think going out of our comfort zone and being disturbed can be a good thing but I know other people would not agree.

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Nicholas L (Jan 22 2021 9:37AM) : Gym more

This is why I love being in the gym so much, it is hard so I can feel myself being challenged and there for getting stronger. Not only physically but mentally, you forget how to quit.

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Grahm K (Jan 22 2021 10:53AM) : Conversation more

This is where I think conversation should come into play. We are so used to being surrounded by people with similar beliefs, that we never get to experience this uncomfortable zone. We need to be able to talk about things that we don’t see as normal or right to be able to grow and handle these disturbances.

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Keandra S (Jan 22 2021 3:25PM) : Trying new things more

After all of the new things I have tried this year, I would definitely say that disturbance is my friend. I have made so many more memories this year in which I had to push myself out of my comfort zone than without being outside my comfort zone. For the rest of my life I hope to continue testing my limits.

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Zachary M (Jan 22 2021 11:23PM) : Disturbances and Certainty more

What is a disturbance? Where is the line between a disturbance and things being as they are? It’s defined as “having it’s normal function disrupted.” You can’t exactly predict it. I’m sure there are many people out there who forget that from time to time. So looking back to last March, we could say COVID is a disturbance. Getting homework on a Friday isn’t a disturbance.
Although, it is a little surprising to me that Wheatley see’s certainty as a curse… but I’d understand that too much of anything can be a bad thing. To me it sounds like “certainty as a curse” brings a lot of paranoia and superstition.

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Jan 22
Paul H (Jan 22 2021 5:50AM) : In June of 2021 You'll Begin Preparing for a New Kind of Test (one that you have probably already experienced). more

Life is a cruel professor. It gives you the test first and the lesson later (if you are still here to attend to it when it is clarified).

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Nicholas L (Jan 22 2021 9:27AM) : Change more

We can tie this new test to the first Essay. We get some comfortable with our lives that change is scary. As we get closer and closer to the end of the year this change gets scarier and scarier. I am about to have to part ways with many of the friends and teachers I have been with for years. I have never been to a school outside of Silver Creek, my family roots run deep within the community, parting ways with this is something I think I am far from prepared for.

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Sarah T (Jan 22 2021 7:47AM) : Intelligence does not come from testing. more

For the longest time I’ve always felt like testing does not measure one’s intelligence. It should more be measured on what you’re strong at rather than measuring you in your weaknesses. I understand testing is important so teachers know you’re paying attention, but I think testing should not effect your grades the way it does.

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Maddy C (Jan 22 2021 9:25AM) : Response to: Intelligence does not come from testing more

I agree with you completely. If people want to pretend that testing is a good example of academic ability, they should all be weighted the same. If my tests are 80% of my Calculus class and 40% of my Biology class, what does that say about me when my report card comes out?

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Madelynn K (Jan 22 2021 10:29AM) : Intelligence more

Sarah, I feel the same way. I am good at math, but there have been countless occasions where I did not get as good of a grade as I was expecting. I end up getting upset over the grade, especially if that test weighs a lot in my class. It may look bad on my report card, but it does not mean I am not smart enough. It just happened to be something I was not the strongest at.

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Victoria H (Jan 22 2021 1:37PM) : Response to Sarah more

I could not agree more. It seems like adults judge a student’s intelligence based on test scores and report cards. That is all from an academic setting. Maybe that kid cannot focus in class or does not care to listen, but they could be amazing at other things outside of school. Grades should not be a way of measuring intelligence!!

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Natalie D (Jan 22 2021 10:39AM) : Measuring success more

Growing up I would measure my success by the letter I saw on my report card or the one circled on the top of my paper. Over the past two year I have learned that while the letter can be important, it is not a good way to define success. I now define my success from what I actually learned and what I gained from an experience. When reading articles and books for classes I no longer strive to simply finish them but rather to understand them and gain something from them. If one simply reads a book to get a good grade but then forget all about it than was there any purpose for reading the book? If one reads a book and learns a great number of lessons but does not receive an A on the assessment did they still succeed?

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Keandra S (Jan 22 2021 3:36PM) : I disagree more

I can see what you were trying to get across, but I disagree. If we think about it, if we were never given an incentive, such as the A on our report card, we would have likely never had a motive to do any of our work. Success at the end of the is sadly measured by mostly academic success.

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Karisten B (Jan 22 2021 3:05PM) : "Intelligence" more

Intelligence being measured by a perfect score becomes draining after years in a school system, constantly being reminded that the “correct” answer is the only path to success.

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Keandra S (Jan 22 2021 3:50PM) : I disagree more

I understand that the article wants us to change our view point, but when it comes to school I don’t think the same thing applies. This is due to the fact that the school system is rooted in giving grades for the quality of a person’s work. It would be difficult for the education system to work without some sort grading scale.

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Trey K (Jan 24 2021 4:30PM) : Just my opinion more

The world has evolved. It should not be what you know. It should be if you can find what you need to know.

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Autumn F (Jan 26 2021 9:00AM) : School more

And seemingly, being wrong feels like a punishment, even though it should not be, especially in school.

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Isabella H (Feb 25 2021 6:52AM) : Response to Autumn more

I feel as though in school being wrong is completely a punishment. There is a certain class in mind when I think of this and I actually get scared to enter that classroom. Each day feels like a test and if you get something wrong points are deducted from your grade. This is not how it should be, you should not have to enter your high school classroom scared with knots in your stomach in the chance of being wrong and losing points.

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Hana P (Mar 14 2021 8:53PM) : We define who we are more

As I’ve gotten older, the more I’ve realized how damaging this mindset is. grades and tests do not define us.

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Paul H (Jan 22 2021 5:51AM) : How to Lead/How to Follow more

John C. Maxwell says, “If you are leading and no one is following, you are simply taking a walk.”

I might suggest a film here for students and audiences: The Emperor’s Club. It’s an older film that centers the idea of power and how it is realized and how it is excercised.

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Grahm K (Jan 22 2021 10:56AM) : Building on the quote more

I don’t see taking a walk as a bad thing here. Sometimes you need to be alone in order to have something great happen. You could be the person that causes this “disturbance”. This might be how you gain this following that Maxwell is almost deeming essential here.

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Savannah K (Jan 22 2021 6:35AM) : Scary to Fail more

Holding fears back and not failing every once in awhile may tear someone down and end up resulting in something terrifying. It may break them. This is why we need to start teaching kids and people that it is fine to fail. Although you have to find your way back. You have to overcome it and seek out a solution. 

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Madelynn K (Jan 22 2021 10:33AM) : Failure more

Savannah, I agree. Failure comes in many ways. It can be losing an important game or getting a bad grade on a test. It allows us to grow, though. If we did not have failure, what would we be labeling as exceptional or decent? Failure is necessary in this world, even if it does not feel good in the moment.

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Victoria H (Jan 22 2021 1:40PM) : Response to Madelynn more

Madelynn, you basically said exactly what I was thinking. People grow from failure. Many of the most successful people have failed hundreds of times before reaching that success. That failure sucks in the moment, but is ultimately worth it to grow as a person and be where you want to be in life.

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Jon H (Jan 22 2021 9:32AM) : Should we follow others? more

The message here is to ensure that you are disturbed, so as to come into contact with more perspectives, events, subjects, etc. If you are following someone, chances are you agree with this person, or at least understand their goals. Should this be avoided to allow for more provocation? What role should leading and following play, if any?

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Karisten B (Jan 22 2021 3:18PM) : Following the leader [Edited] more

I think when we envision a leader, they are a confident, certain, and have “the best” sense of direction. And we follow because we think they are our best bet at being right. I hear this often, and I am sure you do too; “Okay, good. I got the same thing as you.” It is natural to want to follow, and that is alright, but it should not be a go-to move. I can come off as lazy and unprepared. We should all take turns for both roles. Because leading can also be a deterrent for learning by always being the teacher and being open to new ideas.

But everything has changed since those sweet, slow days when the world seemed knowable and predictable, when we actually knew what to do next. The growing complexity of our times makes certainty about any move or any position much more precarious. And in this networked world where information moves at the speed of light and "truth" mutates before our eyes, certainty changes and speeds off at equivalent velocity.

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Maddy C (Jan 22 2021 9:18AM) : Letting go more

I feel like I am not willing to let go of my beliefs. Maybe I am willing to let go of small things, but not those such as sexuality, gender, love etc. I am wondering what particular things Wheatley had in mind when writing this.

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Madelynn K (Jan 22 2021 10:37AM) : Letting go more

Maddy, I felt the same way reading this essay. I feel very strongly about my beliefs and stick close to them. They make up who I am and what I believe is right and wrong. It would take endless convincing for me to even consider changing what I think. Is she talking about the beliefs you listed or small things that do not get challenged as much?

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Abigail G (Jan 22 2021 10:36AM) : Paragraph 21 more

In relating these two articles this was interesting to me. A comment similar to the first sentence of this paragraph was made towards the beginning of the previous article. The difference being, this article was written in 2020 when the author was relating this to the global pandemic. While the other article was written in 2002, although it is relatable to this day and age the pandemic was not necessarily the topic of discussion back 18 years ago.

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Anna W (Jan 22 2021 5:42AM) : applies more

This quote applies to all of our lives especially in 2020 since the pandemic has caused so much anxiety and uncertainty.

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Victoria H (Jan 22 2021 1:42PM) : Response to Anna more

I had just about the same thought when I was annotating the essay.The year 2020 has made us all wonder what is next after such uncertainty.

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Makenzie H (Jan 22 2021 6:21AM) : Everything has changed more

If everything has changed, why are we still being rewarded for certainty? If we know people have created great things out of uncertainty, why are we shamed for asking questions?

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Emma H (Jan 22 2021 6:04PM) : The "right" answers and certainty more

Even in uncertain times we collectively as a society seem to want the “right” answer. Because the right answer is certain, we now it to be true. We fear the uncertainty of new questions because they no longer fit the mold of our perfectly created answer and allows disturbance back in to force thinking and change.

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Elizabeth B (Jan 22 2021 6:35AM) : The Global Pandemic more

It is amusing to me to read these types of sentences in Wheatley’s essays because it was twenty years before 2020. If this was her essay about the world back then, I wonder what she would’ve written about 2020.

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Maddy C (Jan 22 2021 9:26AM) : Response to: The Global Pandemic more

Her words really do seem to apply to the current times. I wonder what she had in mind when she wrote these essays.

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Abigail G (Jan 22 2021 10:44AM) : Unknown Word more

We have worked with the word “precarious” many times before. However, when reading through this article I stumbled upon it and could not remember exactly what it meant. Precarious: dependent on chance; uncertain.

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Natalie D (Jan 22 2021 10:47AM) : Simplicity more

If I am being honest here lately I have found myself wishing I was a little girl again. I wish to go back to the times where all I cared about was when I would get to eat ice cream or watch my favorite shows. Back then everything was simple I woke up, I ate, I played with toys, watched tv, ran errands with my parents, and the best part was I did not have to make any big decisions. It’s crazy how quick thing change. One minute I’m dancing around in princess dresses and then I’m in high school, and now I’m a senior trying to figure out how to make a huge life decision. It’s times like now when I am trying to decide where to go to college, what to study, what is going to be best for me when I wish I was a the little girl in the princess dress again. Yet with all this unknown comes new discoveries and with all these choices I find myself needing to make, I am discovering more and more of my true identity every day.

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Jan 22
Meredith A (Jan 22 2021 6:49PM) : More Places to Argue more

Every time I remember when this article was written I am shocked with how much this advice is needed for the present. It feels like as we get older, we start forming bigger walls around our opinions. Which makes it hard to let anyone else give their opinion on the matter. Everyone is always on edge and aggressive in situations where they really don’t need to be. Social media sites are home to thousands of conversations of people disagreeing but not trying to listen to each other’s viewpoint.

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Jan 22
Savannah K (Jan 22 2021 6:32AM) : Times Changing/Failure more

Times have changed since my parents were growing up. They didn’t have all this technology that would communicate for them and tell them research. They had to use mail or communicate face to face. They had to use dictionaries and textbooks to figure out the knowledge they needed  at the time. The world is more complex now and filled with scary things. We were all raised by our parents and teachers that the only way to succeed is if you get the correct answer. If you don’t you are automatically wrong. There needs to be room for error in life. Because once you grow up you will make mistakes constantly. Have you ever had a time where you failed? Was there anyone there to tell you that failure is ok?

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Jan 25
Jackson N (Jan 25 2021 9:09PM) : I Agree more

Being a connoisseur of things that are old and the days past, I definitely found this to be true as well Savannah. Things used to be so much simpler in the past, which is why I think I enjoy working on cars so much sometimes, it is a very simple hobby when you boil down to it.

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Jan 22
Ciara K (Jan 22 2021 6:45AM) : "truth" more

In today’s society, information moves around a lot more quickly than it should in my opinion. I feel as though it is always the bad information or the information looking badly toward one person is what goes around the quickest. People care more about getting the hateful things out rather than the information that makes someone look good or shows all their hard work they are doing. The “truth” is something that also seems to get twisted a lot. People like to twist the “truth” into making people see or believe what they want them to. People need to start looking for the good in people and telling the actual truth.

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Jan 22
Abigail G (Jan 22 2021 10:46AM) : Paragraph 21 more

We must listen to other people. The world is not goint to fix itself, and one person can not do it alone. Sometimes we must put our opinions to the side and take into consideration other peoples viewpoint in order to make something happen.

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Jan 23
Allen V (Jan 23 2021 11:05AM) : More True Today more

I feel like this sentence has even more truth today than it did make when it was written. With everything going on with the pandemic and associated events and activities, it all could change on a dime. I remember distinctly my first day at work after everything had shut down and how the day before everything seemed normal and how eerie and quiet it felt on that first day shutdown.

But in spite of these new realities, it is very difficult to surrender certainty-our positions, our beliefs, our explanations. These things lie at the core of our identity-they define us as us. Yet in this strange new world, I believe we can only succeed in understanding and influencing this world if we are able to think and work together in new ways. Our most cherished beliefs, our greatest clarity must be offered up. We won't necessarily have to let go of everything we believe and know, but we do have to be willing to let them go. We have to be interested in making our beliefs and opinions visible so that we can consciously choose them or discard them.

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Jan 22
Savannah K (Jan 22 2021 6:41AM)