In The Name of Understanding

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In a world of 7 billion people, it can be hard to get along. There are so many different opinions, options, routes, world views. So much is at stake when you think about climate change, Brexit, racism, homophobia, islamophobia… the list is endless. But how do we acknowledge each other’s humanness despite our differences? To be sure, some differences are so rooted in hate that to even engage with people who believe in them is a complete waste of time…. Or so we think.

 

The G.O.A.T.

Not so with this guy… Daryl Davis,is the G.O.A.T (greatest of all time) when it comes to engaging with people who disagree with him at best, and who at worst want to kill him and destroy people like him.

I came across his TedxTalk earlier this year and was completely put to shame. Here was a man who went out of his way to take time with KKK members in the hope of trying to understand why they believe what they do. He opened his mind, his home and his heart, often putting himself in dangerous situations where he could be attacked. Furthermore, he was ridiculed by both black and white people for his radical approach.

 

Crazy or Courageous?

Some people think Daryl is crazy, but I really admire him and am challenged by his example. And that is why I will be launching an exhibition next week with three other artists to think about how we communicate with those we disagree with. At what point does conversation become altercation? How do we work through different points of view? Hear Lies Disagreement explores how we verbally engage with each other in an increasingly polarized culture. Join me next week at 5:30 at the Station, Silver St. BS1 2AG to explore some artwork and chat.

 

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