Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Danger of the Single Story

I stole this from Mike Monroe and was very compelled by the words of Chimamanda Adichie. Too often we discredit ourselves by seeing the world through a single perspective. I have been blessed with a father and mother who have urged me to see the world through their eyes. This has provided me with two very distinct and unique perspectives that have shaped the way that I view the world. How much broader could I be if I expanded that perspective to three or four points of view? I hope that Adichie's words will compel you to consider your perspective of the world and encourage you to broader your horizons and relate to others. While discussing a similar topic with a friend the other night, he told me that we must see others through the eyes of God - as individuals with equal worth. Not only must we see them as equal counterparts, we employ this mindset as we establish laws, elect representatives, provide international assistance, and interact with our fellow men.

Each of our circumstances were by chance. I am not sure how, but John Rawls is at the forefront of my mind. I'll dwell upon those thoughts next time.

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