We live through the lives of others
I have felt deeply, even if the knowledge came to me rather late, that we live only through other lives that touch us and that to live in this way at all requires more care than most people are prepared to give. For ultimately there is nothing more astonishing, more fraught with mystery, than the mutual response that occurs across so many obstacles of time, of place, of background, and of the events that form us. When I have experienced it, it has seemed like the only security I have known.
-Kenneth E. Read, Social Anhtropologist