I can't remember exactly where I heard it...it may have been an interview on NPR, but someone was talking about our inherent selfishness. The comment they made that stuck with me was something like, "We're all living our own stories, and everyone else is a secondary character in that story. We are the stars. Everyone else is a supporting player to everyone else's story."
It's not an exact quote, but that was the gist of it. We're all the stars of our own lives, in our own minds, and everyone else is an extra in our comedy/drama. On the surface, it's an interesting idea and seems fairly obvious. But there's more to it than that. It's a perfect example of our selfishness, how we are self-absorbed by our own lives, our own wants, our own needs.
Of course, some of us are more selfish than others, those are the assholes we run into every day. Many of us understand the need for compromise, for a story crossover, if you will. Take marriage, for example. Marriages/relationships that work do so because of compromise. You have to put the other person's needs and wants ahead of yours, while they put your needs and wants ahead of theirs. Sure, it's not a perfect scenario and not everyone plays nice all the time, but it's what we do for companionship.
That's where infidelity comes from. Jealousy. All those bad relationship killers are the result of selfishness.
It also makes me wonder if we all narrate our own stories/lifes, and if so, what the commentary is like. Do some people do it in third-person? First-person? Not at all? I'll have to see if I can find any information about that.
So there's your thought fodder for the day.