How might we begin to “reject the single stor[ies]” in our lives?

Single stories often influence too much about our vulnerable perspectives and personalities, so we should avoid making substantial judgments based on other’s information. Singular sources are appealing, but cannot provide the entire story and all of its perspectives. These single stories can perpetuate false ideas and disturb people involved, an example being when Chimamanda Adichie’s professor stated that her novel was “not authentically African,” because her character was too similar to him. Not only are his sources false, but the thought process he exemplified was incredibly disrespectful, inconsiderate, and ignorant. Simultaneously, I have just based my entire impression of him off of a single story. At no point in time have I met him or learned about his personality, yet I continued to judge him on who he is. The professor’s statement and my judgment prove how these perspectives influence our minds on one another, and how improbable our view may as well be. “The danger of a single story” refers to the risk involved believing one source, having only one perspective when many others are involved. Rejecting these single stories requires observation of all possible POV’s, synthesizing information into a compact idea or set of ideas. We will never be able to gain access to all the stories on one topic, but simply having one story risks too much false information being supported. Considering all perspectives and sources avoids solid judgments, and allow for the realization, “that there is never a single story about any place”( Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, 2009).

 

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