2006 — Most Philosophical 2nd Grader in America:

Chloe Ragan, Texas

Hope and fear are states of mind. Say you were afraid of bees, it is not the bee itself its your mind. That makes you afraid. Otherwise everyone else would be afraid of bees too. Fear makes me shiver and makes me feel a little stressed. It makes me want to go close to something that reassures me. Dear makes me avoid things that I could have a lot of fun doing otherwise. Fear does not inspire me. But hope makes me feel powerful. Even if I am sad, there is just something in hope that makes me feel better. Hope makes me feel like I can do better than I would be doing otherwise, and it makes me do things I would not be doing otherwise.

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