Is it possible for one to understand where everyone is coming from? Even if you dont actually know where someone is from? Is it possible to collectively understand why people have certain beliefs, tastes, habits, lifestyles etc?
How could we cultivate this kind of tolerance?
How could we truly accept each individual as a teeming agglomeration of experiences and influences and see them for that?
I was thinking about taste specifically in this case, because I like to think about what small factors make someone like something, like a color or a painting. Maybe it reminds them of something, maybe it helps them think about nothingness.
Along the same lines, if I could just really, really keep this thought in mind it would be wonderful:
"Whenever you feel like criticizing any one...just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had."- F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Ch. 1