Several of us were having a discussion earlier about interactions with others and one’s place in the world. Wait, let me explain that a bit better. Robert’s contention was that you start out assuming that everyone is like you and there maybe hard lessons along the way as you figure out that not everyone else out there is like you, thinks like you or is going to be nice to you. His wife is shaking her head and explains that they deal directly with customers on a daily basis so they are exposed to a large number of people who may not (probably are not) particularly nice. The second half of your life, he believes you really discover that no one is like you at all.
Ruth, on the other hand, feels like you can spend a lot of years feeling like you are not like others/unique (and not always in a good way). What you then learn over the years is to find the common ground; those places where you are like others.
Is this pessimist vs optimist? Not really sure but it lead to some quite lively opinions.