The history of ideas is a history of gradually discarding the assumption that it’s all about us. No, it turns out, the earth is not the center of the universe — not even the center of the solar system. No, it turns out, humans are not created by God in his own image; they’re just one species among many, descended not merely from apes, but from microorganisms. Even the concept of “me” turns out to be fuzzy around the edges if you examine it closely.
Conversely, if you have to choose between two theories, prefer the one that doesn’t center on you. This principle isn’t only for big ideas. It works in everyday life, too.
— Paul Graham
2011.01.31 Monday ACHK