For example, I'm deriving an inordinate amount of pleasure from the fact that I'm on line, posting to LJ, with an active IM window open, and listening to the CBC, all while bedfull_o_books drives us through Brighton.
From Carolyn Hax, via Shapely Prose:
I think there are stages of perception: 1. When all you know or notice is yourself; 2. When you think everything that you have felt applies to others as well; 3. When you realize that others can go through the same thing as you but not feel the same way as you did; 4. When you can put yourself in other's positions and understand what they feel. Everyone knows Stage 1 is obnoxious, but people stuck in Stage 2 can almost be more so, because they think they know something about you.