It happened again, just the other day. One of my friends attacked another on my Facebook page, simply because they had differing points of view. It was a hostile, below-the-belt attack. And these people did not even know each other.
It’s so easy, in this age of anonymity, to manifest our worst selves. Respect and reasoned discourse seem to be things of the past. One would think we could all agree that this is not a societal improvement. And yet, we persist.
So I was delighted today to get this e-mail from StoryCorps, announcing their latest project:
So far, almost everyone who has ever recorded a StoryCorps interview has done so to thank and honor a loved one. But, in an effort to increase empathy and sow unity in our nation, we are trying something different. We are asking people with opposing political viewpoints to record StoryCorps interviews with each other. It’s called One Small Step.
As all of StoryCorps’ wide-serving programs do, One Small Step seeks to build understanding and recognition of our shared humanity. Ultimately, we hope to repair and even to strengthen our frayed national fabric.
What a delightful idea. We need to start talking to one another again, face to face. We need to stop hiding in cyberspace. Learn more about the One Small Step project in this podcast.
StoryCorps is one of my favorite organizations. In fact, I donate a dollar to them every time I sell one of my books, because they inspired me, and gave me the confidence to become who I am as a writer. Including me in one of their anthologies is what really got the ball rolling for me, and I’ll be forever grateful to them for that.
If you haven’t already done a StoryCorps interview (or even if you have), I strongly encourage you to do so. It’s an amazing experience, and it allows you to become part of history. Check out one of the first One Small Step interviews here. It’s beautiful.