You are not the entire world

Inspiring Critical Thinking and Community via Books, Lessons, and Story

 

                  I rarely ever rant, but please allow me a moment, here.  I must remind some of  my  fellow dwellers on this earth that none of us lives on this planet alone, and that none of our individual experiences tells the whole tale, of anything.  Context matters.  Therefore, other experiences, or rather, the experiences of others, also matters.  Hence aggregate data, hence research, and data over time, or history, also matter.    I say this because I see many people insisting, as a young man who got upset with me on the bus did, that their experiences must outweigh the truth of research, history, and even the experiences of most other people.   People say that they have not seen or experienced something which many others do, without remembering that they are not in a position to experience those same things in the same…

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