Le monde est grand, je suis toute petite
I like epi because it makes you realize how small we are. What happens to us individually is on a tiny scale; events that we take so personally are best understood as waves of larger trends, and we’re never alone in them. When something is common we’re united in the commonality of it, but even when an occurrence is rare (an obscure cancer, a little-known disease), the persons experiencing it are experiencing it in the same marginal way (being the only one around who has it is how everyone who has it feels). In either case, we share that experience of it.
Makes me think also of how people in cities feel: everyone feels lonely and alienated from others, all crowded in the same densely-populated area.