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Slam Excerpt

"To have hope without action is nothing." —Hannah Davis, 10

"Giving up hope up." —Audrey Berdahl-Baldwin, 13

"We can control [fear]. We just choose not to, because we accept it as an inevitability, as part of ourselves." —Daniel Smerz, 10

From the Kids Philosophy Slam, a national quest for the "most philosophical students in America." These students, debating whether hope or fear is more powerful, spoke at the PUSH Conference in Minneapolis, June 12.

A version of this article appeared in the September 2006 issue of Fast Company magazine.