The storyline was a confrontation between a group of High School Students and a Native American Elder. The reality was that there was no violence and no words exchanged but despite that, the Internet went insane. This reaction was driven by the perception that one of the students, 16-year-old boy, “sneered” at a 60 plus year old man that had walked up to him and began to beat a ceremonial drum in his face for more than two minutes.
Next time you find yourself in a heated debate with someone that seems to be looking at an entirely different reality than you are, take a step back and ask them to describe the picture they are looking at. Avoid disparaging their description or them as an individual and try to see the shades of their picture in yours. Ask them for the opportunity to describe your picture and try to help them see your outlines in their image. Maybe then, you can both discover the portrait that is created by laying the one image over the other and blending them for a richer landscape.