Many, many years ago when I was in Australia, I recall my worldview being challenged. And by that I don’t mean my values or beliefs, but literally my view of the world map. Growing up in Canada, I had been exposed to maps giving North America the prominence that only seemed natural. I had never questioned that a map would look any different, nor had I considered maps as a way to tell a story.
I recall the first time I saw a map customarily used there, which puts Asia, Australia and surrounding regions at the forefront. Someone reading this may think this is obvious, but for me it was significant.
This map was a physical reminder that our opinions and ideas are greatly influenced by where we live. More importantly, it was a reminder of how often we may unconsciously assume that there is one way to do something; that our view is the only view because it is reinforced by what is around us.