unity is a matter of perspective

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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 feelings, 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 or compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. (Albert Einstein)

It’s a matter of perspective. We are already one. It is not something to be achieved but perceived and appreciated. When we think unity is to be achieved, we are faced with the seemingly insurmountable odds of differences and the impossible task of compatibility.

But when we see that we are already one, then love is invoked. This is the truest work.

About David Hayward

David Hayward runs the blog nakedpastor as a graffiti artist on the walls of religion where he critiques religion… specifically Christianity and the church. He also runs the online community The Lasting Supper where people can help themselves discover, explore and live in spiritual freedom.

  • http://theoldadam.wordpress.com Steve Martin

    We are all united by sin.

    That is about the only universal brotherhood that we have.

  • http://nakedpastor.com nakedpastor

    i’m glad Steve that you see that we are all one. but i’m sure you can see that there is more that unites us than just sin.

  • http://ChroniclesofaChristianHeretic.blogspot.com Sandra

    We are united by being beloved creations of an Outrageous Grace.

  • http://www.pilgrimswaymin.org Jon F. Dewey

    While we are connected by sin as human beings, we are also connected in other ways that I believe point us to our Creator. The irony for me is that those who do not believe in a Creator have made the observations that those who do miss. One of my favorite quotes is from scientist deGrasse Tyson:

    We are all connected;
    To each other, biologically
    To the earth, chemically
    To the rest of the universe atomically

    Our “created-ness” gives us more in common than we give credit for. Our fallen nature also gives us a connection. To claim superiority in the face of this reality is an illusion; it is vanity and pride.

  • Sarah

    :-)

  • http://secretshappypeopleknow.com Dr. Paul

    We are all one and all individuals. It’s the paradox. When we begin to live knowing that everyone and everything is also us, we cannot help but be loving, compassionate and environmentally conscious.

    It’s such a gift to know that it has been this way all along. Even when we have not been living as such!

  • http://samscoville.blogspot.com/ sam scoville

    E Pluribus Unum
    E Uunum Pluribus
    No man is an island.
    NO! Man IS an island.
    “Sin” from Indo European es, esse: being, essence.
    I know we’re all one.
    I yet feel apart and not just a part.
    I am anti, against, hostile to all other.
    (My homeland security where charity is
    supposed to begin) To turn up my difference
    and accentuate it is my ongoing original spin. To deny and cover up is my also ongoing original spin. Knowing this is necessary but not sufficient. A smiley face don’t adequately cover-up my heart of darkness.

  • http://dmergent.org/2011/07/12/reclaiming-the-issues/ Doug Sloan

    Simple exercise:
    You have:
    2 parents
    4 grandparents
    8 great-grandparents
    16 great-great-grandparents
    32 great-great-great-grandparents
    …and so on.

    As you keep going back, the number of ancestors in each generation keeps doubling. By the time you go back 29 generations (that would be grandparents preceded by “great” 27 times), that 29th generation – mathematically – would have 536,870,912 people which exceeds the population of the world at that time.

    Assuming that each generation is 30 years, 29 generations = 870 years. We are talking about your ancestors who lived in the year 1141. This means that each of us is directly related to every person who ever lived prior to the year 1141. We are cousins to each other. We are directly related to the popes and kings of the first CE millennium, to the Roman emperors, to Jesus and Judas, and every real person mentioned in the Old Testament.

    THe math and the biology are inescapable and undeniable – we are one family.

  • http://samscoville.blogspot.com/ sam scoville

    Knowing on the one hand.
    Feeling on the other.
    They don’t co-respond.


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