The world today is sorely lacking in love, and that lack stems in large part from a failure to appreciate the contributions of others to our well-being. Others did not simply clothe and feed us; they made us who we are as individuals. By training ourselves to recognize the many ways others have contributed to our survival, well-being and our very identity, we can develop a genuine sense of cherishing and affection toward them, and these emotions are conditions for developing a vivid sense of responsibility. As we come to truly understand ourselves as interdependent individuals, responsibility comes to feel and look very different, as we will explore in a later chapter.
If we are successful in internalizing our awareness of interdependence and allowing it to become deeply felt, we can shift our self-perception so as to actually experience the intimate connections that link us constantly to others and to the planet. We will be able to move beyond knowing that we are dependent upon other people and the natural world to feeling an active sense of love and concern for them.
from the book Interconnected: Embracing Life in Our Global Society
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Further quotes from the book Interconnected:
- The best way to love oneself
- Focusing on our inner interdependence
- A main condition for our selfishness
- Inner freedom is key
- His Loneliness
- Enthusiastically benefiting whomever we come in contact with
- Extending gratitude in all directions
- Limitless aspirations
- When we ignore our interdependence
- A Vast and Complex Web of Causality
- Our closest and most reliable allies
- The workings of interdependence
- An important source of closeness and love
- Webs of interdependence
- Enjoying the goodness of what you are doing
- Bringing about real change in the world
- Experiencing connection rather than isolation
- Touching the core of our equality
- Acting against self-serving impulses