Most days we go through our lives wrapped in a comfortable little bubble of self interest. Nowhere is this better exemplified than during my morning commute. I can witness a whole host of self centered behavior ranging from driving below the speed limit in the passing lane to texting while driving. Often there will be an accident usually caused from a momentary lapse in awareness, and the burden of one person’s error gets spread to others, impacting their commute as well. But for the most part, the majority of us arrive safely to work and safely home each day. So if the world doesn’t fall apart when we lack awareness of others or even ourselves, why does awareness matter? To answer this, it may help to examine what awareness is and why it is beneficial.