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The Stories of America (SOA) Story
The Stories of America (SOA) was founded when the 2016 Election revealed that serious divides exist in this country, at least partly because we haven’t taken the time to listen to one another.
When we don’t pay attention to how people feel and what they’re afraid of — when we don’t have empathy — they start feeling alienated and alone. It’s time to step out of the echo chambers we’ve been in for years and learn about people whose histories and experiences are vastly different from our own.
The Stories of America illustrates the lives of people all across the country.
This site is not supposed to change your opinion or even make you agree with others. But it is an exercise in empathy, and we invite you to give it a shot.
How to Approach the Site
You’ll find some stories familiar, but some will be completely foreign to you, and these are the stories we want you to read.
While it’s nice to read stories that reinforce what you already know and believe, it’s crucial that we all also gain insight into the lives we don’t recognize or that even make us uncomfortable.
You don’t have to agree, but getting into the minds of others will help you see why people think the way they do.
And with this increased understanding, we can determine the best political courses of action that will remedy our collective fears.
Things will only get better for us all.