– How I found freedom in an unfree world p. 10
Let’s begin by recognizing what we know about you.
We know you are different. You’re different from everyone else in the world. Just as no two persons’ fingerprints are identical, no two people are identical in terms of their knowledge, understanding, attitudes, likes, and dislikes.
Your knowledge is the result of your experiences — what you’ve done and seen and heard, where you’ve been, who you’ve known, and what you’ve learned from them. No one else has lived that life and experienced all the same things.
Your ways of interpreting what you see are also unique. What you consider to be logic or common sense will vary in some way from another person’s logic.
As a result, you see and interpret and react to what goes on around you differently from anyone else.
That’s not hard to see. And yet the root of the identity problem is that most individuals are oblivious to these differences. They assume that all people want the same things — or that they should want them.”