Malcolm Muggeridge, Editor of Punch Magazine, talks about the immutability, or changelessness, of life and imperfection of the human condition; however, he emphasizes the need to accept the imperfection and permanence and appreciate life for what it is and not what one hopes it may be one day.
Norman Cousins elaborates on the play of free will and determinism in the development of people and society and the detrimental affects fear can have on this development.
Uta Hagen, winner of the Antoinette Perry Award, describes her belief that, despite being threatened and blackmailed, she has been true to herself and her beliefs in art and simple acts that bring pleasure to others. Audio also contains advertisement for "This I Believe" book.
Walden Pell describes his belief that life is an "educational enterprise" filled with teachers who must be sure that they are passing along the truth to the next generation.
Swarthmore College classicist Susan Parker Cobbs believes, as Socrates did, that the unexamined life is not worth living. Cobbs says all people have goodness within them, which can be expressed where there is freedom, faith and truth.
Julius Bixler explores the tension between faith and reason and explains why skepticism falls short in comparrison to faith and experiences like love, friendship, family and the goodness of people.