Everyone Has Stories; It’s Our Job to Let Them be Heard

I feel that one of the things that guide my character in every day situation is my desire to not limit people’s “stories” whether they’re from the other side of the world or in the dorm room across the hall from me. I’ve been very fortunate to have seen a significant amount of the world and to have been exposed to many different “stories.” I’ve also been exposed to many people who have limited other’s “stories” and made the people I associate with look bad ( i.e. Christians, Americans, New Mexicans, Republicans, Private School kids, etc…). This has taught me to do my best to not only be a good representative of myself but also to be a good representative of the groups I associate with.
I sometimes feel like there is a big double standard in the global community when it comes to America. Yes, there are many Americans out there who do not take the time to educate themselves or care enough to see someone else’s point of view but that does not mean we are all self centered, inconsiderate, ignorant Americans. Many Americans do try to be open minded and to be good listeners to all the “stories” around the world but that is difficult when this open minded attitude is met with close minded foreigners. Americans are expected to be open minded less they fall into the naïve and self centered stereotype, but it seems to be acceptable for others to be close minded when it comes to hearing the “stories” of Americans.
This double standard needs to change in order for our world to become more globalized. Americans need to shed our stereotype to pieces when they go abroad but foreigners also need to shed their prejudices for the process of globalization to have a positive impact on the world.

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