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She calls herself a butterfly princess.


And she's the best butterfly princess in all of the land. Images via CARE.

But to the media, she's only one thing: a refugee.





It's a scene that's far too common.

Since 2011, around 4 million Syrian people have been forced to flee to neighboring countries because of a dangerous conflict. As they seek safety elsewhere and try to start over, they often get labeled as "refugees" and referred to as one big number in the media: "4 million Syrians." But they are far more than just a number — they are their own individuals.

In this new video from CARE, a group of Syrians challenge the way they are perceived by showing you how they see themselves. Turns out we have a lot in common.

They are mothers, brothers, hair stylists, photographers, students, storytellers, and butterfly princesses. Heck yes. And those are just a few.

We are all individuals with our own personalities, careers, struggles, hopes, and dreams. But even then, we're not actually that different. We are here in this world together, waking up, going to sleep, and trying to figure out life in between the two.

Take a minute to challenge the way you think about labels and what "different" means.

It's easy to assume what someone else's life is like. Maybe try this approach instead? (I know I will!)

Better humans. Together. =)

This article originally appeared on November 11, 2015


Remember those beloved Richard Scarry books from when you were a kid?

Like a lot of people, I grew up reading them. And now, I read them to my kids.

The best!

If that doesn't ring a bell, perhaps this character from the "Busytown" series will. Classic!

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Scarry was an incredibly prolific children's author and illustrator. He created over 250 books during his career. His books were loved across the world — over 100 million were sold in many languages.

But here's something you may not have known about these classics: They've been slowly changing over the years.

Don't panic! They've been changing in a good way.

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The Sam Vimes "Boots" Theory of Socioeconomic Unfairness explains one way the rich get richer.

Any time conversations about wealth and poverty come up, people inevitably start talking about boots.

The standard phrase that comes up is "pull yourself up by your bootstraps," which is usually shorthand for "work harder and don't ask for or expect help." (The fact that the phrase was originally used sarcastically because pulling oneself up by one's bootstraps is literally, physically impossible is rarely acknowledged, but c'est la vie.) The idea that people who build wealth do so because they individually work harder than poor people is baked into the American consciousness and wrapped up in the ideal of the American dream.

A different take on boots and building wealth, however, paints a more accurate picture of what it takes to get out of poverty.

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"Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (1937) and actor Peter Dinklage.

On Tuesday, Upworthy reported that actor Peter Dinklage was unhappy with Disney’s decision to move forward with a live-action version of “Snow White and the Seven Drawfs” starring Rachel Zegler.

Dinklage praised Disney’s inclusive casting of the “West Side Story” actress, whose mother is of Colombian descent, but pointed out that, at the same time, the company was making a film that promotes damaging stereotypes about people with dwarfism.

"There's a lot of hypocrisy going on, I've gotta say, from being somebody who's a little bit unique," Dinklage told Marc Maron on his “WTF” podcast.

"Well, you know, it's really progressive to cast a—literally no offense to anybody, but I was a little taken aback by, they were very proud to cast a Latino actress as Snow White," Dinklage said, "but you're still telling the story of 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.' Take a step back and look at what you're doing there.”

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