Khalid Mahamed
English I
The one sided story
The great philosopher Socrates once said, “The only true wisdom is in knowing that you know nothing”. In life, it is very easy to fall into the trap of mindlessness. We hear or read something and would often accept that information as true because we could not be bothered with checking the facts. When we fail to understand that whatever we see on TV or read online is just one piece of an entire puzzle, we succumb to the “single story catastrophe.” Chimamanda Adichie spoke about the dangers of only knowing one story and accepting it to be the entire truth in her TED Talk entitled, “The Danger of a Single Story.” Adichie is a Nigerian novelist who grew up reading western literature. She shared how she fell into the single story trap because of the stories she read.
I myself have had a personal experience with the “single story” in which people and my friends have told me that since I am able to put on a straight face quickly, they say that I sometimes look angry, or in a bad mood, when in reality it’s really nothing but my straight face. This was said to me time and time again by many peaople, one of the most recent examples was from when we went to the University of Houston field trip, where i was told by a friend that i looked angry the first time that he saw me.