Dominant does not mean right. We get this with eye colours. Overwhelmingly, the dominant eye colour globally is a shade of brown. This is a result of genetics. The resulting relative scarcity of blue and green derivatives showers their possessors with awe, attention, or at least a second glance.

We take notice. We take the time to appreciate the difference. It offers a glimpse of the beauty lost in the dominance of the majority. With narratives, we tend to act more like genes. We prefer the dominant ones. Any narrative to the contrary or highlighting a different perspective is seen as hostile rather than different, rare and therefore valuable.

All alternatives narratives won’t stop us in our tracks or render us speechless, but they are worthy of a second look. If not for their own validity, then as a measure of the validity of our dominant one.

Frida Bredesen

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