“Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.”
“Volunteers in white lab coats, surgical gloves and masks stood on the back of a pickup truck Monday along the banks of the Nile River in Cairo, rummaging through stacks of rare 200-year-old manuscripts that were little more than charcoal debris…”
Brief but interesting history of how we went from Samhain to Halloween, and the steps in between. =)
Halloween: The Fantasy and Folklore of All Hallows ~ The American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
Description: “Dean Kamen explains the way to change culture in America is to value education like entertainment and sports.
Key Quote: “We get the best of what we celebrate.
“Can language shape how we think? A Stanford researcher says yes, and her work speaks volumes about what makes people tick.”
What is fascinating is not just how language reflects belief systems, but that language impacts/influences one’s beliefs. Could it be that the words we use influence how we perceive the world, or even limit our ability to perceive certain things? Even try to discuss a concept where you don’t have an exact word for it, so you are talking around it without clarity, but once a word is assigned to it, the discussion can be taken to the next level.