Widen Your Circle

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 feeling
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 to us. Our task must be
to free ourselves from this prison by widening
our circle of compassion to embrace all living
creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.

Albert Einstein

Eddie’s Garden Photos

18 thoughts on “Widen Your Circle

  1. Our challenge as human beings. This is a wonderful quote, Eddie, from one of those brilliant minds who could stretch so far in helping us learn and discover our planet and species. I have never heard the term “optical delusion” and that, too, is brilliant. Thanks so much for starting my day with this thought and image.

  2. I want to ruminate on this a good part of today and longer. I might print it out and keep looking at it until I absorb it fully. I know this but part of me keeps arguing with it. ;(

kindness is always welcome

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