Thursday, 10 March 2016

The Middle Ground, The Common Ground


We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Kay Joy Fowler (2013) teaches us much about kinship. Sometimes it means beginning in the middle, not just the middle of the story as Rose's story did but in the middle between what we know and what we don't know.

We make assumptions constantly and at the same time know those assumptions are not the whole story. So why not make assumptions that are positive. Ones that celebrate what we have in common so we can better understand each other rather than open up what sets us apart.

Fowler, speaking about We Are All Completely Beside Outselves, said she 'wanted the book to start with the assumption of kinship' , that she 'wanted the reader to assume the similarities, before looking for the differences' (Online Q&A).

A good place to start. A foundation to build from. A positive connection. The middle ground. The common ground.

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