The story I posted earlier reminded me that I needed to revisit a speech/presentation I saw a while back by African novelist Chimamanda Adichie.
It is called The Single Story, and I watch it again every once in a while to remind myself that the world, and the people in it, is always greater that our own limited perspective of it.
The message seems a bit simple in some ways, but when I have a reaction like I had to the story earlier I'm reminded that most of the information we get about far off places is very filtered. I had no frame of reference for an underground Back Metal movement in which a woman might participate in a place such as Iraq. But the truth is, I shouldn't need that frame of reference specifically. Historically, wherever there have been fundamentalist religious practices, there have also been underground resistance movements.
And I need to sink that into my thick and lazy skull.
And keep it there.
It's worth a gander IMO.