The Single Story Danger

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Our stories are often how we define ourselves. Most people have a single story, a one-dimensional narritive that defines them. It doesn’t have to be that way.

SINGLE STORY CULTURE

Here, in this TED Talk novelist Chimamanda Adichie talks of the danger of her friend having a single story. She asks some hard questions and points how our cultural stories can lock us into a limited and rigid view of the world. Stories are defined by the principle of ‘nkali’  – of power. Power, Chimamanda explains “is not just the ability to tell the story of another person, but to make it the definitive story of that person.”

SINGLE STORY FAILURE

“If you want to dispossess a people”, the Palestinian poet Mourid Barghouti wrote, “the simplest way to do it is to tell their story, and to start with ‘secondly’… and you have an entirely different story. Start the story with the arrows of the native Americans, not with the arrival of the British and you have an entirely different story. Start the story of the failure of the African State and not with the colonial creation of the  African State and you have an entirely different story.”

 

The Single Story Danger

Here, in this TED Talk novelist Chimamanda Adichie talks of the danger of her friend having a single story. She asks some hard questions and points how our cultural stories can lock us into a limited and rigid view of the world. Stories are defined by the principle of 'nkali' - of power. Power, Chimamanda explains "is not just the ability to tell the story of another person, but to make it the definitive story of that person."

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