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No Man Is An Island

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Nothing ever exists entirely alone. Everything is in relation to everything else.

~ Buddha

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Written by MattAndJojang

April 7, 2013 at 9:16 am

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  1. This reminds me of the famous quotation of the naturalist, John Muir (1838-1914). I’m including both the quotation that’s usually attributed to him, and his actual words.

    “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” ~ attributed

    “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.” ~ original quotation

    shoreacres

    April 7, 2013 at 8:25 pm

  2. Love these John Muir quotes, Linda. So true. Another way of putting it: When we hurt others, we also hurt ourselves. In much the same way, when we treat others well, we are actually treating ourselves well.

    The truth of the matter is that the great spiritual teachers and wise men of old (like Buddha and Jesus) have realized the truth of these words. In fact. it was always part and parcel of their teachings. For instance, this is what, I think, St. Paul implies when he says we are the body of Christ!

    In the past, though, it seems that only a few people were aware of this. One of the good things of our times is that more people are realizing the truth of these words: that we are truly interdependent, and we can no longer afford to only think of ourselves and neglect/abuse our environment. Because our every act affects not only ourselves but other people and our environment as well.

    ~ Matt

    MattAndJojang

    April 8, 2013 at 9:37 am


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