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Though to our surface experience we all appear as separate and distinct entities, deep within us a secret oneness dwells. Not only our immediate environment affects us but also the distant stars. We feel a secret kinship with not only those who think and feel alike but also with the unthinking animal and the dumb stone. We share a common bond with all creation.

This is at once our strength as well as our difficulty. This is our challenge as well as our unique opportunity. This is a unique challenge in this age since we have, on the one hand such extreme isolation possible due to technology that absorbs us, on the other hand, and paradoxically due to the same technology, we remain connected to the world, breaking free from our immediate social and cultural environment.

We need to find the right balance. By finding the right balance between the individual and the group we evolve. But when we tilt towards an excess of either an absolute individual freedom or become merely a unit in collective or social life, we fail to respond rightly to the evolutionary impulse. The real challenge however is not merely in a uniform inclusivity but in an inclusivity that preserves and does not obliterate the individual freedom, not only of man but of other species as well. Nature has already and successfully accomplished this in the species that has gone before us. Now it is our turn to meet the challenge and, survive through evolution or else perish the way some other species have gone before.



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