Mar. 23rd, 2010

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I don't even know that I should beat myself up for not being fluent in the details of the healthcare reform bill/law. I would say that it's almost impossible to have a really clear understanding of what's going on, without devoting far more time and mental energy to reading and interpreting news sources than I have to spare.

I'm realizing, though, that it's a trap that's very easy for a lot of us to fall into, taking our own personal experience and projecting it out on the whole rest of the world. I did this, why can't you do this, etc. It is very hard to see beyond the scope of one's own experience, and to open your perspective to include the experiences of people in vastly different circumstances is very hard to do, if not impossible. I'd say it's just as detrimental to project what you imagine to be someone's experience as to project your own on to them.

So in the end, maybe I'll work on adopting a policy of not assuming anything about anyone else, or projecting my own feelings on other people, and assuming they are just as able to justify their own lives as I am to justify mine.

It's a lot to think about.

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