Albert Einstein on embracing the whole of Nature

“A human being is a part of a whole, called by us “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 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

The group of friends begin the story in their own ‘optical delusions of consciousness’, some of them not even having much affection for those closest to them, for example Casey with her bitterness towards Annabelle and Joel with his feelings of inferiority around Simon. As the story unfolds and secrets are revealed, they are all forced to learn empathy and listen to each other.

It also encompasses the idea of Buddhism that Chloe adheres to in her attitude towards people and all creatures in general. She is a strict vegan and one trait that Joel and Simon always dig at her for is her ‘naivety’ that everyone in the world is good. Lee agrees with her as he believes in what he has learned through his art therapy course; people are not born ‘evil’, it is circumstances and external factors that cause people to do bad things.

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4 responses to “Albert Einstein on embracing the whole of Nature

      • Jeffrey Dahmer the serial killer often pointed to as an example of pure evil. I was suggesting that perhaps everyone doesn’t have good in them. Devil’s advocate position more than deeply-held belief.

      • I would like to HOPE that Dahmer has good deep down in the depths, but to be honest, I wouldn’t want to counsel him. I suppose you have to ask, was he born evil? Is his ‘evil’ self a bi-product of extremely negative external factors in his life? The therapist in me always hopes for the best of people but maybe sometimes that’s not reality….

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