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