I encountered again this week the following often-quoted selection by Albert Einstein,
“A human being is a part of the whole called by us ‘the universe’, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening the circle of understanding and compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
The great thinkers of the past and of our current time understand the broad nature of interconnectedness. Why, then, do people continue to feel themselves to be separate?