We are - that is to say, each and every one of us - the sole collection of our experiences. Nature and nurture both inclusive, as they too have played a large part in our development, decision making (all activities and lessons learned from result of said decisions) and ultimately, the final fashioning of our individuality.
I don't know about you, but I live in a bubble.
Everything which takes place around me these days is more or less either of my own creation, or falls within my parameters of the expected norm. Nothing "unexpected" happens and were it to, it would be unexpected only in the terms of a rare, but calculated occurrence. Not so much an anomaly as logical conclusion given enough time in the equation.
This is both good and bad.
Good, because I've experienced a tremendous amount of life thus far, and a break every now and again is blessed reprieve. There's a certain...fulfillment in the rhythm of a comfortable routine. Now I don't want to outright confront the Olympian god Apollo, but the older I get the more downtime I seem to enjoy between the fruits of my labor. Bad, because all this laurel-resting can lead to lethargy and apathy - the outright scourge of extrinsic activity which stimulates growth.
But that's not my point.
Though I am intellectually challenged by your ideas - your differing world view - and appreciate the freshness and challenges of new ideas you bring to the table, depending upon your own experiences, were I to walk to a mile in your shoes I would have no point of reference in which to orient myself, thus the exercise would be counterproductive. To speak plainly, I have, at your behest, walked that mile in your shoes and found that I was angry, unmotivated, ignorant, undeservedly self-righteous and above all frustrated.
Walking a mile in your shoes did the opposite of illustrating your cause.
Admittedly, I have a problem expressing compassion. No, that's not quite it. I have difficulty properly emoting empathy. I understand it, logically - and I comprehend its affect on you. I fail to emote it adequately to society's standards. But were you to "walk a mile in my shoes" and able to grasp my trend-bucking attitude of facing each day with unmitigated joy and self-confidence, you'd find it a small price to pay for the kind of happiness which comes from living in a bubble of your own creation.