there’s always two sides to the coin – that you can’t make yourself fall into the biasness of a story by looking at a single perspective..but as a matter of fact, that is what we have been practising..to the extend of shutting our eyes and ears from acknowledging the sheer existence of the other side of the story..
look at the books we read..the characters have brown hair, blue eyes, white and play with snow during winter and speak the language of prestige..
let’s go back to reality..the readers are widespread all over the globe..say the readers are from the tropical part of African countries where they never get snow falls, and their skin color is the total opposite from the characters in the books they read, do you think they will develop a positive sense of self..?of acknowledging that beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder..of acknowledging that no matter where you go nothing feels like home and that the linguistics features they own are of high in value..?
the same thing can be applied to the readers who come from the tropical part of Indian and Arabic countries..where people hold strongly to the customs and cultural practices and where boundaries between boys and girls are strictly emphasized..do you think they will develop a positive attitude towards the cultural norms, values and traditions that they have been socialized into..?of NOT wanting to hold the hands of the person (of the opposite gender) they dearly like..or exchanging hug with a friend they have not seen for a long time..or kiss even..do you think they will hate the restrictions without wanting to consider all the reasons why they cannot do like what they read..?
well, looking at it on a different side of the coin, i can say all the things like “hey, they can learn the different cultures” and “they will have a broader point of view on how the world looks like on the other side of it” and “there’s more development from that side of the world let’s learn how they make it”..yes, i can say all of the above but,
at the cost of one’s sense of self and identity..
have a look at this inspiring video..so the next time we look into something, try looking at it from a different perspective..try to be critical and again, don’t confuse critical with radical..