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Jan032013

A Single Story - TED talk

It's difficult not to fall into the trap of assigning a single experience to those inside and outside our identifying group. If you're a writer, artist or human being, this is a must watch.

 

Reader Comments (6)

First? I have to get over the fact that I just fell in love. Okay... okay... I'm okay now.

We can't really know others until we recognize ourselves in them. And erase the stereotypes as much as we can. Like let's make Muslim clerics warm and understanding and generous men who give people the benefit of the doubt instead of crazed bomb-throwers who go around convincing hapless people to make suicide. Lets make second sons ambivalent about family traditions in every culture, not just the West. Let's show people who are mean and people who are nice and people who are simply mistaken, and put them into bodies and give them names that you wouldn't expect.

I'm hoping my instincts were born from her wisdom.

I am totally infatuated now. My wife thanks you I'm sure. :-)

January 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRW

I'm with RW: that woman is amazing and totally worthy of obsession. SO beautiful and smart and that accent!

Also, this is an important reminder to be aware of single stories, even ones that we assume to be 'true" or "good".

January 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Britt

This is fricking fantastic.Thank you so much, Faiqa, for sharing.

January 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSybil Law

Ah, Thank you, Faiqa.

Now I know, now I know--why all my pictures had girls with blonde hair and peach skin.

xo

January 4, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteralexandra

Very well said. I was looking forward to a Nigerian email money scam joke though, as being the single story and all...no? Too soon? Too much? Lol....just kidding...

January 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTariq

How powerful and beautiful. When she makes the comment about American Psycho, I almost stood up and applauded her myself. And this is while watching the video in my office! Everything she speaks of rings so true for me, especially since I'm Muslim and Pakistani - a rather looked down upon combination in this and age. Thank You for sharing.

January 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMahwish

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