At work, there was once a manager who frequently asked me questions that weren’t so much about my individual tasks, but rather more encompassing questions that dealt a wider more encompassing issues with the company. I’d frequently being my responses with “Well, in Andyland it would be like …” Not so much to ignore everyone else, but rather to acknowledge there was a limit to what a could presume about others needs and motivations. I could try imagine what they would be, but no matter what, things would still be colored by my own experiences, or lack of experience. No matter what, my motivations would be different than others, even if we both claim to have the same goal. I could do my best to empathize with others, but I’d never quite be able to stand in their shoes.
So if I can never quite break free of seeing the Andyland perspective of the world, maybe I should try to tell people what it is like out here.