People tend to sustain and understand themselves by their own. I am one of them, and whenever I try to face myself deeply, I need time and spaces where I am able to detach from others.
But today, I have come across a new way of doing some soul-searching. And that is sharing spaces with others whose names you don’t know, like your neighbors. You might be skeptical for that because what neighbors know is where you live, and what your family name is, at most.
Surprisingly, however, public spaces that you and locals use have great meaning. If people get opportunities to have voices in there, your image for each would dramatically change. Imagine, a man seems always very busy at work, and has a dream of being surrounded by sweets! In order to know him better, no other information like his age or his occupation would be more useful than his lifelong goal.
Finally, I believe knowing others has some stimulus to knowing yourself, because you are always a member of social communities.