Have you ever looked at the big picture and realized something that you wouldn’t have realized otherwise? In this modern era it is hard to look deeper into the meaning of truth because it is much more complex than we realize. When Marji was ten years old, she began to notice the differences between her childhood and those of the children she read about in her books. These children had spent their entire lives working, while she was getting an elementary education and playing with her friends. It was then that she realized that she was in the higher social class and was more privileged than others. This had been the source of her shame while riding in her father’s Cadillac.
Constantly hearing about the high poverty rates in Africa doesn’t have the same affect as seeing this devastation first hand. It is hard to realize how difficult other people’s lives are when you are so used to your own. People often use the phrase ‘I’ll believe it when I see it’ to descried how they feel when they hear something that doesn’t seem realistic. Seeing other people’s struggle tends to be more powerful than hearing about it. Take a look at the following clip, then read the link. Which one effects you more?
Sometimes just looking at the big picture isn’t enough. Often the truth of the matter is hidden in the details like puzzle. However there might be more than one truth in each situation. What do you see when you look at this picture?
At first the image appears to be a forest scene, but if you look closer, you might notice several faces hidden in the foliage. Once you see the faces it is impossible to unsee them
This concept can be seen in Persepolis, when Marji realizes that there are different social classes, once she realized this truth, she saw it where ever she looked, especially in the case when Mehri couldn’t see her lover anymore because they were from different social classes.
This realization affected her the most because it was personal and struck a sensitive chord in her heart the way the video of the African slum did. What truths and realizations have you come to discover in your lifetime? How have they effected the way you see the world around you?
Posted by: Cara & Emily