Ooh. Came across another cool quote. (I love books of quotations.) “Everything I learned about human nature I learned from me.” Anton Chekhov.
Well, my first thought was Yes, of course! Somebody else said something similar about there being no evil committed that he could not imagine himself committing. Sounds like one of the Russians, doesn’t it? And so I accept that we each have the potential for many “natures” within us. BUT, on second thought, what we would know even about ourselves if we did not observe and interact with other people? Who could imagine a Mother Teresa if one had never come across selflessness? Wouldn’t we remain as selfish and self-absorbed as two year olds if we didn’t see advantages in the examples of people who are selfless? So, I don’t believe we know everything just from being self-aware, though I do believe that any individual’s inner life is not unique to him. By delving into the self, an inner-explorer should certainly understand other people better.(Chekhov probably never meant me to take him too literally, anyway.)
Well, that’s my half-teaspoon of pondering for today.