each individual an island universe

Always was inline with this passage- the idea that we never will see what another being sees- where they have been and what they have done. Dharma thinks this passage is depressive,  but I don’t. If we don’t know the substance of another’s experiences, who are we to judge their actions?


“We live together, we act on, and react to, one another; but always and in all circumstances we are by ourselves. The martyrs go hand in hand into the arena; they are crucified alone. Embraced, the lovers desperately try to fuse their insulated ecstasies into a single self-transcendence; in vain. By its very nature every embodied spirit is doomed to suffer and enjoy in solitude. Sensations, feelings, insights, fancies – all these are private and, except through symbols and at second hand, incommunicable. We can pool information about experiences, but never the experiences themselves. From family to nation, every human group is a society of island universes.”

Aldous Huxley, The Doors of Perception

 

 

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