Change of Perspective

Musings on Writing, Reading, and Life Narratives

Fiction writers and literary critics speak of point of view. Social scientists are more likely to discuss perspective. But both of these terms refer to essentially the same construct: the consciousness behind the perception and narration of experience. Each individual’s point of view is unique, and point of view shapes the stories people tell to themselves and to others about themselves and their relationships with their environment. The same event narrated from two different perspectives will produce two different stories.

A change of perspective can expand our perception and reframe our thinking about our experiences. We can all benefit from an occasional change of perspective.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

"That One"?

Did you hear John McCain call Barack Obama "that one" last night?

It's not quite as bad as "you people," but it's close.

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OpenID runekat said...

I've had people, both online and offline, tell me that there's no racism in this campaign, that it's just "whiney liberals" trying to "muddy the waters so people don't notice Obama dodging the issues", and I've come to the conclusion we're not watching the same campaign. And that makes me sad and angry, and it's caused me to lose some respect for certain people, because we can disagree ideologically, but to refuse to acknowledge how vicious and vile this campaign has become? That's willful ignorance.

And even if (and this is a very big if), someone convinces me McCain's "that one" comment had nothing to do with race, it's still dehumanizing and disrespectful, and if he'll treat someone like that during a debate, I shudder to think how he'll treat other heads of state and American citizens who disagree with him should he become our president.

October 9, 2008 8:25 AM  

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