“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.

dark-universe-dark-matter-700x432    Universe Today

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…




6 thoughts on “Connectedness

  1. One of the more fascinating concepts that I have run into in the past few years is the idea of emergence, complexity of a whole arising out of collection of simple components.

    The ant hill and bee hive have an intelligence that can not be found in individual ants or bees. Certain areas of cities or regions become centers of art, thought, and innovation…the financial district, flower sellers in New York, spirituality in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Silicon Valley. Human thought arises from a collection of synapses and electro-chemical exchange of ions across the gaps. That is flabbergasting notion, if you surgically searched for a thought in the human brain, you would find nothing but a vast collection of connected points in goo joyfully exchanging molecules. How in the hell does thought, emotions, and love arise out of three pounds of briny glop that operates on 20 watts of power?

    I have read that the Earth is a living thing, the modern concept of Gaia. Perhaps if the collective we removed our heads out of our behinds and quit thinking that we are at the top of the food chain be it an actual food chain or an intellectual one, quit killing each other over such vastly important things like geo-political aspirations and religion, quit raping the Earth for profit, got our numbers under control, and recognized the Sacredness of all Life, who knows what may emerge?

    Lovely quote from Einstein, I haven’t seen that one before and added it to my collection. I also like the image you posted. Very dendritic. Lovely post, Olga, hi ho Silver!


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