ONE of our biggest challenges of being human is accepting otherness. We might claim to acknowledge multi-culturalism, religious difference, gender equality and alternative lifestyles but it’s usually more rhetoric than practice.
Albert Einstein said a human being was part of a whole, called by us the 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 for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.’’
Ultimately, in this life, and certainly in the final analysis, we get what we give.
The good news is that we seem to be genuinely and naturally capable of loving. There is hope.