know your biases. Know the potential biases about you in others.

But knowing one’s own biases and the potential biases of others does make for more effective communication when done properly. it’s not legitimizing their *ultimate* validity – as ultimately, I don’t there’s a heck of a lot of difference between people, on a deep-down level.

But we’re also social creatures with social expectations and.. well, ignore at one’s own peril. I’ve been the hippie-type treat-everyone-the-same _without_ paying attention to how I tend to appear to different groups of people – because I didn’t think in terms of “groups”. (I still have trouble with that). But I’m at least _aware_ of the potential of trouble by those who *do* think in terms of groups… and “what my actions represent as a member of a group” that I might not even see myself in.

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