This I Believe

The ‘This I Believe” Project

This I Believe is an international organization engaging people in writing and sharing essays describing the core values that guide their daily lives. Some 100,000 of these essays, written by people from all walks of life, are archived here on our website, heard on public radio, chronicled through our books, and featured in weekly podcasts. The project is based on the popular 1950s radio series of the same name hosted by Edward R. Murrow. – excerpt from thisibelieve.org

Assignment:

Read through 3 ‘This I Believe’ Pieces. Answer these questions:

  1. Who is the author? What do you know about him/her?
  2. What is his/her main message? (In one sentence)
  3. How do they convey this message? Be specific – especially about the order that is used to convey the message. Do they start by telling an anecdote? A humorous line? A thought-provoking statement? Do they ever explicitly state in one line what their belief is or just give the essence of it throughout? Do they include personal stories? Talk broadly about humanity? Use humor? Use emotion? End with a profound statement?

”This I Believe’ Pieces for You to Read:

The Art of Being a Neighbor | A Death He Freely AcceptedFinding Freedom in Forgiveness | Work is a Blessing | How to Survive Life’s Tests | Inviting the World to Dinner | Tomorrow Will Be a Better Day | We’re All Different in Our Own Ways | Finding the Flexibility to Survive | When Ordinary People Achieve Extraordinary Things | Life is Wonderfully Ridiculous

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Example:

The Universe is Conspiring to Help Us

1. Author: Kevin Kelly – from Pacifica, California – founding editor of Wired Magazine

2. His Message: He doesn’t explicitly state it, but he said that it is just as important to be generous and kind to others as to be willing to accept the kindness and generosity of others.

3. How Does He Convey the Message?: Starts with an anecdote about hitchhiking in his 20s. In a flowery way, he talks about kindness and poetically mentions what it has meant to him through his travels. Gives another relevant anecdote about camping in people’s yards and receiving more generosity than he expected. Ends with a profound idea – that the universe is benevolent, and we just have to accept all the good things life has to offer.

 

 

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