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Connecting Islands

Connecting Islands

“We live on an island surrounded by a sea of ignorance. As our island of knowledge grows, so does the shore of our ignorance.” 
— John A. Wheeler
I feel we are all islands - in a common sea.
— Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Look at any chart or map and it appears as if land is separated by water, boundaries, lines and distances but they are illusions because air, water, distance actually join our world to Nature. And so do land masses underneath oceans and seas. Icebergs, hard-packed water crystals, are part of a frozen, once a part of a glacier, now a melting, floating mass of cold fresh water.  Even salt water molecules was once fresh from rain clouds. Evaporation is part of a process that takes the salt out and produces fresh water.  We are all mostly water are we not? Even our universe is a collection of seemingly separate parts; millions of  planets, moons, stars, comets and galaxies - all part of a much greater whole. So too are humans a small portion of a race of beings. Separation is an illusion based on human's limited vision and perspective. Aren't we and every living being and every inanimate object but a speck of dust of the Universe? 

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No Man Is An Island
Entire of itself,
Every man is a piece of the continent,
part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thy friend’s
Or of thine own were:
Any man’s death diminishes me,
Because I am involved in mankind,
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
It tolls for thee.
— John Donne
 Loneliness may appear to separate, but it is how we humans respond to our loneliness that separates us.  One feeling all alone in the company of others does not separate unless one chooses to be alone.  While the sea of humanity may at times appear insensitive, unresponsive and apathetic, Nature, like water, is like that. You may like water to float you, but it is you who swim or sink.

Loneliness may appear to separate, but it is how we humans respond to our loneliness that separates us.  One feeling all alone in the company of others does not separate unless one chooses to be alone.  While the sea of humanity may at times appear insensitive, unresponsive and apathetic, Nature, like water, is like that. You may like water to float you, but it is you who swim or sink.

We’re all islands shouting lies to each other across seas of misunderstanding.
— Rudyard Kipling

As I returned alone a few days ago to the Florida I left behind four months earlier, I felt both my connections and disconnections.  And when I returned to my writing, I re-read this posting on connection I published about 4 years ago.  Apparently, I gravitated to this topic to remind me of what I had forgotten.  And in so doing,  I came across a Pathwork Lecture entitled The Human Predicament of Desire for, and Fear of, Closeness which I found not only profound and insightful, relevant and applicable to my life. 

The idea that an individual can find God is terribly self-centered. It is like a wave thinking it can find the sea.
— John Templeton
I really don’t know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it is because in addition to the fact that the sea changes and the light changes, and ships change, it is because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have, in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it we are going back from whence we came.”
— President John F. Kennedy's famous America's Cup speech
The greatest struggle for human beings is between their desire to overcome isolation and loneliness and their simultaneous fear of close, intimate contact with another being. Often the desire and the fear are equally strong, so that people are pulled and pushed in opposite directions. This causes a tremendous strain. The pain of isolation will always push people into attempts to escape from it. When such attempts look like succeeding, the fear of closeness induces them to pull back again and push away the other. And so the cycle goes on with human beings first erecting and then destroying the barriers between themselves and others.
— Eva Pierrakos
Let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.
Love one another but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.
Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together, yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.
— Kahlil Gibran
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