Did you know that we limit our understanding of other people and the world we live in by only hearing one side?
There is a lot of danger in what novelist Chimamanda Adichie refers to as “a single story”. What happens when we grow up only reading one side of a story? Or when we watch the news and we repeatedly hear the same story about a specific group of people or situation?
What happens is we shape a one-sided and inaccurate view of another identity, culture, community, country, religion or race. According to the Pew Research Center, 83% of Americans try to avoid social media posts from friends they disagree with politically, with 39% say that they’ve blocked or unfriended someone in order to avoid opposing political views. While there is great danger in developing false perceptions by our exposure to a single story, the cure is in the same tool – stories.
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