If you have 15 minutes, check out this TED Talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on the Danger of a Single Story. "We're impressionable and vulnerable in the face of a story... Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign, but stories can also be used to empower and humanize." The single story offers an incomplete picture, whereas multiple narratives can open minds and inspire.
What we're reading:
Throughout the ages, people have always been drawn to stories and storytelling. We see narratives even where they aren't explicitly spelled out. They afford meaning to our lives, help pass down important life lessons and precautionary tales, and even serve to develop empathy. If you want to know more, check out this thoughtful article in The Atlantic to get 'the whole story!'
Quote we're inspired by:
"Those who tell the stories rule the world."
-- Hopi American Indian proverb
This week we're thinking about stories. As we get ready for our next online course,
Educating in Changing Times, we're thinking about how information is passed between people, be it in a classroom or in a more informal setting. We're all storytellers. Storytelling is a tool for teaching, a way to pass on important life lessons, and a basic human drive. Stories give us meaning, teach us empathy, and open our eyes to new worlds. Yet, where there is great value lies great responsibility as well, and as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie teaches us, we must be careful of a singular story that paints only one side of a picture.
As the holidays approach and the year starts to wind down, think about your stories. Think about those you've heard, those you've lived and can share with the people you care about to ensure they don't fade away with the years.
And keep building upon your stories as you move toward the new year!
See you in two weeks for our next Three Thought Thursday!