Below is the link to a video that we can all learn from. It’s a long one (around 20 minutes), but I highly encourage you to watch it! In the video, the Nigerian novelist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, tells the story of … well, a story. Or rather she tells of how we must be aware that many times, we see a one sided view of the things around us; we only hear only one story. This video points out that we mustn’t make judgments based on these shallow bases of knowledge, but we should instead seek the multi-sided truth of the people, cultures, and situations of the world. All of these things cannot be described with only one story. Enjoy!
So how can this be applicable for us here at Central?
Well, there are some pretty obvious answers such as trying to not judge people without getting to know them. But beyond that, we must recognize that others’ stories are not the same as our own, and we can try to be a place where people can share their stories that they have. To foster the sense of cultural awareness and acceptance that Intercultural Life strives to maintain, it is imperative that we recognize and appreciate our differences as well as our similarities. This week, this month, and for the rest of the semester, I challenge you all to continue to move closer to this acceptance and openness that will create a heightened sense of community on campus. Instead of being okay with not knowing the people around you, invest in this community and find out the stories that have led to your classmates being here in Pella, IA.
I will leave you with this quote from Mahatma Ghandi:
“A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.”