The Sticker on the Fruit

One Way We Can Move Forward Post-Pandemic

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Custom Art: “The Sticker on the Fruit” by Gene Levi Chan

The artist and the politician stand at opposite poles. The artist enhances life by his prolonged concentration upon it, while the politician emphasizes the impersonal aspect of life by his attempts to fit men into groups.
― Richard Wright, Black Boy

Labelling is nothing more than the abdication of our ability to learn and the ignorant devotion to our own assumptions (or the assumptions of our preferred pundit). We turn off our brains, close our hearts, and choose the quick fix of labels. It’s still just judgement — even when it’s me labelling myself.

How many colors are there in a field of grass to the crawling baby unaware of “green”?
― Stan Brakhage

To answer unanswered questions and to solve unsolved problems, we must think differently. Differently means looking at other people and problems with a humble curiosity — even people we’re sure we don’t like and problems that we’re sure we already understand. Our first job is not to communicate, to solve, or to know; our first job is to listen.

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Writing to inspire a world of empathy, possibility, and growth. Former faith leader; current MBA candidate. 👋 Say hi mtouchton@gmail.com

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