Perspective. Same facts, different perspective, different outcome.

I fear that the incompetence of the American educational process contributes to the extreme short-term memory and lack of critical analysis I see when people are confronted with new and different ideas.
I suspect it is part of the plot to maintain the status quo.
Those who do not know and understand history are doomed to repeat it.

Here is an exercise in perspective that I used to do with elementary age students in the Junior Great Books program

Think about the story of Jack in the beanstalk.
Remember how Jack is portrayed as the protagonist and as a good guy.
Jack is the one that we cheer for so that he can save his mother and the farm and destroy the evil giant in the process.

Now think about the exact same story the exact same fax from the perspective of the Giant’s widow.
She and the giant have a home in their community where they have friends and neighbors and family and some little somebody climb the ladder from someplace else and steals their valuables and kills her husband.

They operate within the norms of their community. So when their house is burglarized and a member of their family is killed, who is the good guy? It certainly isn’t Jack!

Perspective. Same facts, different perspective, different outcome.

Take a look at the American revolution.
The colonists were seen by Great Britain as ungrateful traitors.
The colonists were seen by themselves as revolutionaries.
Great Britain saw itself as noble and privileged and entitled to the respect and courtesy of the colonists
The colonists saw Great Britain as a despotic tyrannical ruler.

Perspective. Same facts, different perspective, different outcome.

Author: pdeedixon

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