whether universally gleaned truth, socially constructed prejudice, or biologically useful heuristic, we humans love our generalizations. but maybe it is not the pattern copied, but the individual thing itself that matters. do you know these shapes? do you automatically believe that you know what they mean? could you know it, without knowing the people who've built it? why are we so certain we know what we cannot possibly know? is curiosity and empathy really prohibitively exhausting?