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"Don't Sweat the Small Stuff" by Richard Carlson

6 years ago
Understand Separate Realities
"While we're on the subject of being interested in the way other people do things, let's take a moment to discuss separate realities".

"If  you have traveled to foreign countries or seen depictions of them in movies, you are aware of vast differences among cultures. The principle of separate realities says that the differences among individuals is every bit as vast. Just as we wouldn't expect people of different cultures to see or do things as we would (in fact, we'd be disappointed if they did), this principle tells us that the individual differences in our ways of seeing the world prohibit this as well. It's not a matter of merely tolerating differences but of truly understanding and honoring the fact that it literally can't be any other way".