“the danger of a single story”


Back from walking in the snow fallen overnight to bring hay to the goats I sat down and came across this wonderful (touching, thoughtful, funny) talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (click on photograph above to watch and listen) which will work as a lovely addendum to the succinct exhortation of sorts I posted here yesterday. Just under nineteen minutes of your life I can guarantee you will be grateful to have spent listening to her good voice.

“How [stories] are told… Who tells them… When they are told… How many stories are told… are really dependent on power. Power is the ability not just to tell the story of another person but to make it the definitive story of that person.”

Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower and humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people but stories can also repair that broken dignity.                                        Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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