Interconnections and Nonduality
The latest issue of Tricycle has an article called “We are not One” about interconnections, nonduality, and karma. It is thought provoking. It talks about how the “need to feed” is a sign that we are truly separate, how we must all feed on one another. What makes us one is what we do, not our essence.
I have to agree with the article regarding many things. If we were truly one, then your eating dinner would fill my stomach. Compassion would be unnecessary because my getting a good night’s sleep would leave you well-rested. Your traveling would open my eyes. Sometimes, especially economically, life truly is a zero-sum game. The delusion of uncontrolled capitalism is that of infinite resources and markets. The concept of karma would be rendered meaningless if my wearing heavy clothes kept you warm. The article talks about how some people use nonduality as a way of rationalizing their lack of positive actions. I agree. Nonduality can be a warm, fuzzy concept that gives people false reassurance of the benevolence of their selfishness. I’ve seen it used that way. Karma means “action” and not just sending pleasant thoughts to others.
The flip side that the article did not go into is the invisible interconnections we all share and are unaware of. I have always been a systems thinker and found invisible interconnections fascinating. You press a button here and something pops up somewhere else. You don’t see the result and the person elsewhere sees the event happening in front of them as completely random.
I believe we are on the leading edge of just beginning to understand some of the more interesting aspects of the web we live in. I believe that some people actually do have psychic powers. I don’t seem to be one of them, but I have friends that are very in-tune with the spiritual realm and information that the rest of us do not have immediate access to. This is why I am more agnostic than atheist: Just because I cannot see something doesn’t make it unreal. People I know are frustrated at our government’s ability to access our personal data. Take that concern and add in the psychics. How can you have anything resembling privacy when there are people that can seriously read your mind?! We don’t generally see the interconnections, but that doesn’t mean that others are incapable of doing so.
The foundation of some the weirder aspects of interconnectedness is quantum entanglement. Given that our molecules are continually being recycled, we are literally connected to everything. We are made of star stuff.
Right now, my life is very limited, with taking care of Barry and the house. I wish I could be refreshed by someone else resting. I wish I could use my skills by someone else holding down a job. My life doesn’t feel worth living sometimes and there is no light at the end of the tunnel most of the time. I try to convince myself otherwise, of course, but with only limited success. No one can give me my life back. No one can do my work for me. There are simply things others cannot do for me. The social isolation is real. I am truly not “one” with others in any meaningful way. I wish.