“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)