On some level I know that everything is connected. Everything.
And yet, I find myself needing reminders. Which explains, at least in part, why I’ve written about connection many times over the years.
You can read about
- the flaw in Western thinking about isolation here.
- the “serendipity” of connection and the misunderstanding of separation here.
- 100 words on the sweetness of connection here.
- how our choices ripple into the world here.
- finding chains of connection in your body here.
Obviously, it’s a topic that deeply interests me. One of the reasons is how easy it is for us, perhaps particularly in our culture, to think that separation and independence is a thing. In fact, everything leans on, touches, effects and is connected to everything else.
Which means that the pain in my hip is inextricably connected to that in my foot and my shoulder.
And the melting of the ice caps and wild fires are part of the same issue.
And as Martin Luther King Jr. reminded us
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
To forget this is folly.
Happy Earth Day.