As always, I appreciate the comments, so let me thank Steven, Ike, and everyone else who posts here.
Now, let me tell you about one evening when I was in college. After a particularly egregious party, I accidently laced up a friend’s shoes, thinking they were mine. She had big feet, and they were the same brand as my own. In any case, I walked around for a day or so before she pointed out that we had unintentionally switched footwear.
“But now we truly know each other,” I said. “Because we have walked many miles in each other’s shoes.”
She was just annoyed that I had stretched out her Nikes.
Of course, my literal embrace of the ancient saying didn’t help me to see the world from her perspective. All of us process events and concepts through our own cultural filters, and even the most open-minded individual has occasional trouble understanding someone else’s point of view.