“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
― Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein was a brilliant scientist. And a humanist. While hIs scientific and mathematical work is mostly beyond my poor ability to comprehend, I admire his efforts to affirm a fairly universal spiritual principle — the interconnectedness of all things.
I won’t pretend to understand the connection of subatomic matter, not that of the far reaches of the universe.
But I am firmly believing that the “embrace of all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty” is a practice of connectedness that we need to embrace. In my mind, connectedness and compassion are intricately related.
Compassion, connection — these are spiritual ideals to me and principles I wish to have in my life. Still, it does not need to be a matter of religion. If one has not a religious thought or belief, I will argue that developing compassion for others and honoring the interconnectedness of all things are just plain practical solutions to so many worldly woes. Let’s work on it, shall we…