The Power of the Whole Story
By Karin Vardaman
Single stories go both ways. Last fall, while in the field, a ranching couple approached, and as we introduced ourselves, they asked, “Are you one of those wolf people?” And I knew they weren’t referring to the British rock band depicted in this picture.
At first, I felt defensive and even guilty for being a “wolf” person. But, they based their question on their single story of me, and I had an opportunity to expand the conversation. My answer was, “Yes and no. It depends on how you define wolf people.” And thus followed a productive discussion.
To move forward, we must first lower the barriers of assumptions.