I would like to discuss one topic from the viewpoint of general encounters, namely: If we learn to forget ourselves, in reality we will find that almost everything that forms us could not be there at all unless this or that person had affected our lives. When we look back on the years in the more distant past to people with whom we are no longer in contact and therefore about whom it is easier to be objective, we can see how our life has been created by the people and circumstances of the past. If we try to develop a sense of the debt we owe to this or that person — if we try to see ourselves in the mirror of those who have influenced us in the course of time, and who have been associated with us — then we shall be able to gain a picture of the people whom we meet even in the present. This is because we have practiced developing an objective picture of our indebtedness to people in the past. It is tremendously important to awaken that impulse, not merely to feel sympathy or antipathy towards the people we meet, not merely to hate or love something connected with the person, but to awaken a true picture of the other, free from love or hate.