A human being is 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.
~ Albert Einstein
I discovered this quote today while taking the bus back from the Adler Planetarium. It was from a prologue to a chapter within the “The Intention Experiment” — a book I have been reading off and on for the past month. Some of the rhetoric and ideas in this book are a little tough (and boring) to comprehend. But this quote, I get it.
It’s so fitting that I stumbled upon this quote today, after spending three hours wandering a museum that puts our universe into perspective with mind-blowing astronomical visuals, interactive exhibits and films. The universe is just so … vast. As a planet, we’re just a tiny dot within this infinite landscape. And as individuals … ha! … we’re even more miniscule.
But this doesn’t mean that we’re insignificant.
As Einstein points out, we exist with purpose through our interconnectedness. We are a tapestry of living beings working together and constantly affecting one another. How we choose to work together (or not) and affect one another (for better or worse) determines the trajectory of our collective progress.
If everyone considered this all of the time, it would put a hyper-sensitive magnifying glass on each action, word and thought produced … and we’d treat each other all much better.
Wouldn’t that be lovely?