lest we forget how fragile we are

James Parker:

Shyness is a tribute paid to the gravity of human interaction, a proper dread at the fact of other people: their closeness, the weight of their existence, their power to hurt, and our power to hurt them. We are delicate creatures, mask it how we will, and we live in a medium of feeling: No chance of forgetting this if you’re of the tribe of the shy.

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