Game Grumps is something I think a lot about in this context because they’ve been a part of my life for years. The show acts as a real comfort food. But especially because of that, I have to keep in mind that I don’t actually know them! I think admitting faults and talking about problems can help people who are going through similar things and help us realize that these people are living whole lives that we don’t see.
Like I listen to Waypoint Radio regularly, but I don’t think of their lives in the concrete outside of what details they mention. I don’t think about what the normalcy of their lives unless their dialog openly invites it. I think pondering the unseen lives of others goes a long way both in creating empathy and realizing distance.