No one person can tell you the entire truth of what happened

Man reading book

One side of the story is never enough, no matter how trusted or kindred the source.

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What you need to know:

  • Human beings are not objective observers or neutral participants in any situation.
  • They have their preconceptions, biases and preferences, all the way.

Ever since I first discovered them, I have loved unreliable narrators in literature. Those folks who seem to be earnestly recounting a story, but whose narratives seem to be a little off, not quite adding up, so that some disquiet is created in the reader. And then gently it is revealed: this narrator is not to be trusted…


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