Atmavan Manyate Jagat

This oft-quoted Sanskrit phrase indicates that we see the world through our own experience. For example, some see nature as cruel, chaotic, and to be dominated by humans. Others see it as benign, ordered, and to be integrated with human life. It is also said, “one man’s nectar is another man’s poison.” The French philosopher La Rochefoucauld once said this: “If we had no defects ourselves, we should not take so much pleasure in noting those of others.”