“The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.”
It’s easy to form concrete opinions about a person or place from the one story we have about them. In my opinion the beauty of travel – and what separates it from vacationing – is the search for and the discovery of more truths, more stories. In her TEDx talk, Adichie warns us that in writing, just as in traveling and meeting new people, we risk a critical misunderstanding if we hear only one story.
“I’ve always felt that it is impossible to engage properly with a place or a person without engaging with all of the stories of that place and that person. The consequence of the single story is this: It robs people of dignity. It makes our recognition of our equal humanity difficult. It emphasizes how we are different rather than how we are similar.”