The Overview Effect

Things often look better (or terribly worse)
From a distance.
The view from 10, 000 feet
Can blur the harsh edges
Of daily life.
There are few people’s experiences
We will ever know intimately enough
To savour the nuance of their
Complicated relationships,
Controversial decisions or
Convoluted life trajectories.
No matter how much news we consume
Or how many Instagram pages we follow
We may just get the overview
Of other people’s lives,
Where we only see their journey
Relative to our own.
Technology may connect us
And we may have more data
About events happening half way across the world
Than any other time in history,
But there is still no better way of
Truly understanding other humans
Than actually getting to know them.

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