Musing Before Coffee

I continue to be amazed, astounded, dumbfounded — I should know better by now, but I seem incapable of adjusting my hopes — dumbfounded by the proportion of human beings who cannot imagine that their perspective and experience are normative for everyone else.
The clue phone is ringing, and if you pick it up there’s a voice at the other end saying, “You are not the only person in the universe. There are people different from you, some even smarter than you, some even more sensitive than you. But your sense of humor doesn’t constitute the absolute horizon of what’s funny, your sense of justice doesn’t define the universal criterion of fairness, your moral horror doesn’t oblige others to recoil from the same evils, your inclinations do not reflect the general human propensity to do any particular thing.”

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