I think it is really beautiful to think about the connections we can draw amongst the rest of this wonderful world. Too often, it’s easy to think and live as if we are divided from the rest of the world, as if there is a glass of consciousness that separates us from the other organisms around us, human or otherwise. Yet, we are not so different from the rest of the Earth.
As far as humans go, I feel that we live in a world where we have lost a lot of respect, not just for the environment, Earth, or its animals. Indeed we have lost respect for those things, but we have also lost respect for each others sameness, our humanness. Deep inside our hearts is the fundamental idea of love, life, and joy. Those things sustain us and bring us together into a superorganism (if we let it). However, I find more and more in my life that some people expect you to respect their diversity, and will fight for that until it becomes easy for them to forget their humanity. They want so much to be a unique piece of this biological puzzle that they forget where they fit in the enigma.
I am learning where I fit in this world, and I find more and more that our own connectedness matters. Our own abilities to live depend on respecting the hearts of others. I would love to see a world where the respect we have for each other went beyond lip service to the point of serving the heart of others’ and their true needs.
Who knows, maybe someday…