Whether from news stations, social media, the talk at the marketplace, or a simple conversation with a friend, we are reminded consistently that people often see things differently. Sometimes, that leads to great divisions in our communities and we certainly see that in our country way too often. Perceptions are formed based on each person's experience and knowledge gained. As they gather more information, their perspectives start to change.
Many people in America have a perspective that "rural" is synonymous with "ignorant" or some other derogatory word. Those of us who live, work, and play in rural areas and small towns, know that is not true. As Hollywood screenwriter Kris Hunt said in a recent County Line ARTICLE, rural people are often worldly, educated, or otherwise well rounded.
“Some Texans may wear worn-out clothes, have strong country accents, and drive old trucks. But they also may speak four languages, play the piano, and tell you all about fine wines,” he says.
Hunt tells his enlightening stories through film. Visual arts and music also play a huge role in unifying people. It's easier to set differences aside when wrapped up in the essence of art, even if viewers don't see it the same. Art is a common place where seeing it from different perspectives is acceptable and even welcomed. We need more of this. Find it in this issue and as you go about meeting beautiful people all around the towns and countryside in the Upper East Side of Texas. — P.A. Geddie