This comment was from Tom Matlack to Julie Gillis on The Bachelor, Feminism and China
A story told well changes the teller and the listener. It’s that simple.
I say because it’s happend in my life over and over again, without reference to race, gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. I generally learn the most from people who are fundamentally different from me in some external way not because people like me don’t have stories to tell but people who are somehow coming at the same issue from a slightly different POV can tell their story in a way that cuts through all my bullshit, all my defenses. The hard-hat in Southie, the gay African American painter, the ganster rap star. They all told me stories that changed me, cut right through me. Not because of who they are but what they said and how they said it. Not from the head but directly from their hearts.
When I tell my story its with that same intention. To do my best to speak from the heart, tell my truth, and inspire the listener to find their own truth.
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