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Knight Reading 2023-2024: Everyday Ubuntu

Choose to See the Wider Perspective

Like Lesson 3, Lesson 4 considers the importance of perspective. Lesson 3 encourages us to consider someone else's perspective while Lesson 4 challenges us to maintain our own perspective but in a greater context. For example, we might be frustrated by a street closure because it inconveniences our day, but how does it impact the people who live and/or work there? Does it only effect people who drive or does it impact those who have to walk or ride a bicycle as a form of commuting? Are there convenient alternative routes? Was this a planned closure or an emergency? If it's an emergency, how does it impact the employees who have to adjust their schedules to address this new concern?

  • The more egregious the situation, the wider our perspective needs to be. In what situations is a narrow perspective appropriate? What about a wider one?
  • How can you tell if you need to adjust your perspective?

Additional Context

In 1994, mass genocide happened in Rwanda between the Hutu and Tutsi ethnic groups. The Hutu-majority lead extremist government incited violence against the Tutsi people, resulting in the murder of over 800,000 people. This genocide lead to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda through the United Nations. The official webpage for the ICTR was transitioned to a legacy site in 2015 and serves as an archive today. 


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