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Read or watch something that presents a view on a topic/issue that challenges your own perspective.

Sahar D. Sattarzadeh

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As socialized beings, we tend to be drawn to people, places, and things that align with what is "attractive," "comfortable," "familiar," "right," and/or "true" for each of us. However, we rarely take the time to learn about what is "unattractive," "uncomfortable," "unfamiliar," "wrong," and/or "false" to us.

In college, for example, I studied a critical approach to human rights and social justice. So "naturally," I was very much against scholars/theories that identified human beings as numbers, quantifying and categorizing us. Thus, I made sure to steer clear of any courses that solely focused on quantifying social problems and the people affected by them. To be honest, however, in retrospect, I think I truly missed out on a very humbling learning opportunity—to view beyond the self, because, sometimes, numbers DO matter.

So I challenge us all to challenge ourselves to step beyond what is "familiar" or "right," so that we can stop boxing each other (literally and figuratively).

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