What does this college essay prompt mean?

I am writing an essay for this one college, but I don't fully understand the question. Can someone please explain the questions and maybe give me any ideas?essay prompt:Wallace Bacon, a recipient of an honorary doctorate from Emerson College in 1975, wrote that the liberal arts, or humanities,"are concerned with the question of what makes life worth living. And that question concerns not simply oneself but others. Thehumanities must help us learn who we are; they must help us learn the otherness of others."In this light, describe an encounter with someone or something different—an "other" which revealed to you your sense of selfand your relation to humanity. This encounter may involve a person, place, culture, or text (book, speech, film, play, etc.).

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  1. Greece says:

    The question means: Describe a moment that gave you pause, a moment when you realized that not everyone thinks the way you do and more over, that their point of view is valid for them…a moment when you realized you might no always be right…..maybe you were watching The Wrath of Kahn and you realized that hey….wait a minute….. Kahn has a right to be angry with Kirk…..Maybe you were watching Episode III and you realized Obie Wan lied to Luke in Episode IV , when he said his father was dead, and when he said he didn’t recall ever owning a driod…. and had no recollection of R2D2……hmmmmm maybe Jedi’s aren’t all good…..