Al Osten, lifetime partner of Buddy Victor, speaking about how they make decisions: “You don’t have a discussion. It just happens.” Words or no words, this is true about everything: It just happens. Relationships of oneness are relatively rare. The word ‘discussion’ derives from the Latin for smash apart.
Life is a play of love. Which means all of it or none of it. I cannot say I love one country or six people. Love does not discriminate. It cannot be divided.
We are one—not two, four or 8 billion. If I know myself, I know the world. If I help myself, I help the world.
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” After that episode on a horse, Paul had come to this: I am not a person. And neither are you.
The more we subscribe to the idea of ‘other people’—that is, of people separate from and unrelated to ourselves—the more suffering we create. Love does not make these distinctions. How can I say that I help others when the others are myself.