Time: 10 minutes
Prompt: Our knowledge is of a different kind
Source: Philip Pullman, The Golden Compass
Our knowledge is of a different kind of people -- a newer kind, or rather, of a kind that is yet to be. We have no knowledge -- nor understanding -- of your kind. We know of a people who share a common level of education, common experiences and beliefs, who know the same things about the universe and how it works, who are able to engage in conversation based on the assumption of a common background. Here, in your world, it is different. Here everyone holds her own version of reality within her mind, and that reality may differ so entirely from that of her neighbor, that communication may be impossible without exerting a crippling amount of time and energy on first establishing the ground rules for the interaction.
The mystery, to me, is not why you have failed to escape the confines of your gravity well, but rather, how you have managed to accomplish all that you have. I can only assume that my survey of your minds has been too small to capture the whole truth. I can only assume that at certain times, and under certain circumstances, enough of you manage to align your beliefs to an extent sufficient to allow the limited cooperation and collaboration required to accomplish a discrete task.
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