When I checked my email yesterday, I found that the topic for May’s #1000Speak Compassion post is to be Connection. Interesting to me on so many levels, but seemingly more meaningful in the wake of the earthquake in Nepal. I hope that by the time the 20th rolls around I will have come up with something more positive to write about. I love connections and connectedness – even our self-written wedding vows mentioned the interconnected web of existence.
Okay, so clearly I’m not writing that particular post now. Instead, I’d like to share the following, far better, thoughts:
“Everything is alive; everything is interconnected.”
“Love is wise; hatred is foolish. In this world, which is getting more and more closely interconnected, we have to learn to tolerate each other, we have to learn to put up with the fact that some people say things that we don’t like. We can only live together in that way. But if we are to live together, and not die together, we must learn a kind of charity and a kind of tolerance, which is absolutely vital to the continuation of human life on this planet.”
– Bertrand Russell
“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, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole nature in its beauty.”
– Albert Einstein
“All things are connected, like the blood which unites one family.
All things are connected.
Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth.
Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it.
Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.”
– Chief Seattle, 1854
“The deeper we look into nature, the more we recognize that it is full of life, and the more profoundly we know that all life is a secret and that we are united with all life that is in nature. Man can no longer live his life for himself alone. We realize that all life is valuable and that we are united to all this life. From this knowledge comes our spiritual relationship with the universe.”
– Albert Schweitzer, (1875-1965)
“For me, a landscape does not exist in its own right, since its appearance changes at every moment; but the surrounding atmosphere brings it to life — the light and the air which vary continually. For me, it is only the surrounding atmosphere which gives subjects their true value.”
– Claude Monet