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7RELATIONSHIPS: ENDLESSLY ENTANGLED

Albert Einstein described our feelings of separateness as “a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and affection for a few persons nearest to us.

Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening the circle of understanding and compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.”17

Yet Einstein struggled his entire life with ...

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