"Put yourself in my shoes." Sounds simple enough. But as far as I know, humans are the only things on this earth that can accomplish that feat. Inanimate objects cannot. Plants cannot. Other animals cannot, can they?
Start with a fish, a bird, your dog or cat (you know, the one that "loves" you back), and proceed to dolphins and primates. Although other animals can display that they care in some way for other things, I don't think they can have empathy or that they can project themselves into an imagined existence as something other than themselves. People can.
If you could be anyone or anything, go anywhere, or experience any time other than the present...why don't you? You can, if only temporarily, if you put your mind to it!
Thanks to pseudoku and his recent post on Kurt Vonnegut and yeast for the inspiration for this post.