“A human being is a part of the 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. 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.”
I really love this quote about global engagement because it encourages incorporating compassion into our lives and spreading it wherever we go. I believe that when traveling abroad, I may not be able to communicate verbally with everyone I meet. However, how we treat people based on our body language and actions can sometimes say more than words. I am still capable of being respectful and kind without speaking. I believe that world would be a far better place if people had more compassion for each other and did not focus solely on their own needs, wants and desires. I have always found the ultimate joy when I am serving someone else rather than pursuing what I believe will bring me contentment. The compassionate approach that Einstein describes could drastically alter the world we live in and has the potential to bring about peace.