We were each raised in a boat.
A tiny boat with many other people who were also raised in that same boat.
Each person onboard knew without being told that their primary objective was to keep the boat from rocking.
They knew this because anyone who created the slightest ripple was met with such shame that they either fell in line, or leapt overboard.
Leaving behind only those who intended to keep things as they are, no matter how deep the shame, or how consuming the loneliness.
Until you came along and decided things had to change.