When we become accustomed to consciously focusing on ends rather than means, when we learn to recognize and reject false narratives and identify our unconscious biases, we can begin to appreciate, and ultimately wholeheartedly embrace, that we are all interconnected. We humans share a common origin. We share common histories. To paraphrase Carl Sagan, we really all are made of star stuff. The elements that compose us were fashioned in the stars. Beyond us, there is profound sameness and connectedness in the universe. Physics tells us that laws are not local. There appears to be a cosmic naturalness and order to interconnectedness. Interconnectedness is a profound natural property. The human race and all living creatures, despite our diversity, exist in symbiosis. We survive and thrive through cooperation. Our interconnectedness is one of our greatest strengths. Seeing ourselves as one piece of a bigger puzzle, as an integral part of a greater whole means our actions matter, not just for us, but everyone around us. This allows us to attach meaning and purpose in our actions and very existence. Accepting, better yet, celebrating our profound interdependence and connection to each other increases the likelihood of viewing others with respect, appreciation and gratitude. That in turn opens us up to the widest and most satisfying manifestations of loving, learning, and playing.
“The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.”
"We become who we are in great part because of the friends we have."
“Wherever we are, whatever we’re doing and wherever we are going, we owe it to ourselves…to the world to do it well.”
“Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”