Have you ever met someone who defined his/her life by a single negative story?

In 2009 I came to the realization that I had formed an opinion about a distant relative solely on a single negative story. A story told to me, when I was 10 years old, by a trusted, inner circle family member.

A video I watched on Ted Talks shifted my thinking and I decided to reach out to this distant relative and it was like an awakening, I discovered there was more to this person than the single story.

It’s dangerous to judge a person, a people, a culture, or just about anyone by a single story.

The talk was by Novelist Chimamanda Adichie . Chimamanda tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories ~ Novelist Chimamanda Adichie

Watch video below.

Your turn

Are you guilty of judging another person, country, or group of people by a single story?

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