“Most people really care about nothing that does not affect them personally.
True and striking observations, fine, subtle and witty things are lost upon
them: they cannot understand or feel them. But anything that disturbs their
petty vanity in the most remote and indirect way, or reflects prejudicially upon
their exceedingly precious selves - to that, they are most tenderly sensitive.”
- Arthur Schopenhauer, “Our Relation to Others” from Counsels and Maxims (1851)