(This is the thread I was talking about, Ivy)
One of my paranoid stoner Ni friends (who is awesome) once asked me what I would think if it turned out all those empty faces you walk past on the street were just put there to make it seem like everything was ok, keep the system running, but they arn't actually people (or in other words, what if it IS the Matrix ). He then went on a rant about how he is smarter than people give him credit for (which is true).
I've noticed that people (including myself at times) do not treat people the same way they treat themselves. What I mean is, we all have a world inside our heads that we know well that others do not see, but sometimes people don't acknowledge that other people may have just as rich an inner world as themselves. I.e. you realize the depth of your own existance but question the inner existance of a random stranger you don't know well.
Have you experienced this or noticed it in other people as well?
Is this common among a certain age group?
What conflicts do you think it can cause in interpersonal relationships, and to the personal ego itself?