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December 2, 2001
We only want for the other to be happy - as long as we can understand the how and why. But can we really understand the how and why of someone else when most of us don't understand the how and why of ourselves? Few of us know each other well enough to grasp the current framework of another's inner life, we are caught in the past or in the web of our own miseries and hopes, or one of many other possible filters to true understanding. If everyone remembered the quote "a life unexamined" - and applied it to themselves first...