Kicking Off the Different Perspective Theme Read: Why I Believe Seeking out Perspectives is Important

Posted August 1, 2013 by Stormy in Books / 6 Comments

Woo-hoo, it’s August first, which means we’re kicking off the different perspective theme read! I’ve fallen a little behind on my game with this one, but I still think it’s important, so two things: One, sorry for not being more on top of things, and two, thanks for reading. (P.S.–I replied to all emails I had about potential guest post ideas in my inbox, so if I didn’t reply, it might have got lost in the shuffle. Feel free to send me an email at stormydawnc@gmail.com).

Because this whole thing happened way faster than I thought, and June & July flew by, I thought about not doing the theme read at all. But I think reading perspectives vastly different than on our is important. So even if it’s just me & a few other people actually participating, I think it’s SO, SO important that we engage critically with all the perspectives around us. Because if not in books, then where?

I’m sure others have different experiences, but I grew up in a small town with people who, at least on the surface, were very similar to me. All my friends were the same ethnicity & race as me. They were all the same religion. All from relatively the same socioeconomic background. It took until COLLEGE for me to actually met, in person, someone whose background was so vastly different than my own.

I’m glad I met those people when I did. I’m glad I learned to make friends with people who were so different from me, because it really has widened my horizons and help me learn the complexities of life better. Yet, I can’t help but to think it could have been better if I had encountered those different perspectives sooner.

Since about my Junior year in college, I’ve actively sought out people who are different from me. I like to listen to people’s stories. And, well, isn’t that what a book, fiction or not, is? So different perspectives, here we come.

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6 responses to “Kicking Off the Different Perspective Theme Read: Why I Believe Seeking out Perspectives is Important

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  2. Jorie

    Hallo, Stormy!

    I originally started to write this comment wayy earlier in the afternoon of the 1st of August,… however, a neighbour ended up in the hospital, and my day was quite unique from there! Everything is A-OK, but it proved to be an interesting afternoon! I think I needed the respite, as I passed the hours by knitting and talking about lively stories to encourage her mood and well being! I’ve been working so hard on my blog, that I haven’t had much time to just ‘be’. My main reason for posting a comment today is because I completely agree with you! One of my absolute favourite reads this year thus far was: The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker.

    The book discusses Jewish and Arabic cultural and religious heritage as well as adding mythological edges to round out the storyline! I won’t spoilt my thoughts on the book, so when my blog launches I’ll come back and let you know where to find the post! I always seek out unique characters and stories with backgrounds different from mine, as I grew up in a metrotropolis where everyone was uniquely different than your own family and I loved being in the mix!

    I can understand where you are coming from on areas that are not as culturally diverese, as my parents grew up in cities and eras where the melting pot of today wasn’t quite there yet! I think it’s fantastic of you to encourage others to grow their empathy and understanding of others through literature! It’s a very positive message to be sending and I applaud your efforts!

    I went to see if I could add my link once I launch but the linky is closed!? Maybe I can unofficially participate then!? I can always offer suggestions of books to read! 🙂

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