As Ngozi’s insightful ted talk outlines, having an opinion clouded with incomplete assumptions is one of the worst things that you can do to the people and society in question. While its absurd to make people throw their beliefs out the window, there are certainly many topics that we (as a society) keep perpetuating despite the realization that it is incorrect accompanied by the conscious decision to find comfort in staying consistent with the same ideology. Chimamanda supports this argument by stating that “I have just read a novel called American Psycho – and that was such a shame that all young Americans were serial murderers”. This is said for an element of humour, assuming that we know it is false. Yet, why is it that we can allow ourselves to make very similar assumptions about people in other countries, knowing they will laugh right back at us for thinking that. I believe that ignorant matters like these, most of the time, aren’t caused by lack of knowledge as much as ignorance. We have been taught from a young age that you can think one thing, but it doesn’t matter until you say it out loud. In the case of Ngazi’s professor, we can assume that he didn’t mean to stir up any issues, but his idea of “African authenticity” just came out because it was a normal part of his predominant view and he didn’t think there was anything wrong with it. Sadly, the arguments of his student could have changed his mind if he decided to open up to that. Allowing ourselves to solidify our opinions based very shallow information will engrave this wrong perspective into us, and we will then become no better than most of our grandparents. In the end, I believe that to begin to reject the single stories in our lives, we must first start with the realization that it’s necessary to open up to believe the other stories, and that they are just as valid to those people as yours are to you. We must step outside our comfort zone and obtain so much information we can’t categorize because “the single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete”.