I am participating in the 31 Days of Free Writes October challenge. This is meant to be a free write, which means: no editing, no over-thinking, no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation.
Today’s prompt: Discover
We have lost something in our country.
We have lost the willingness to discover people’s nuances.
Obviously it’s an enormous overgeneralization to say that, and I do know many people who take the time and effort to see nuance, to listen endlessly, to respect, encourage and keep seeking.
I got on this train of thought because “discover” led me to think of the recent day in October on which Columbus Day had been traditionally celebrated.
There was widespread acknowledgement that the lands Columbus “discovered” were someone else’s lands first.
One discussion I heard was of a possible removal of a Columbus statue (and history aside I am not sure I can envision a NYC without a Columbus Circle but that’s a post for a different day!). Then the Italian-Americans (some Italian-Americans at least) were upset that removing it would offend their heritage.
I am not sure how the Columbus issues are going to resolve but I was happy to see indigenous people recognized.
In the meantime, I wonder what each of us (me included) is doing to discover something in our communities or our world that we may be misunderstanding or minimizing.