I have six core value words. These are the words and themes I try to live my life by, Adventure, Impermanence, Discipline, Simplicity, Efficiency. Today I’m going to elaborate on Unity. Unity is one of the more esoteric value words. It is defined as follows:
Unity - Recognizing the interconnectedness of all things.
To really explain what this core value means to me, we are going to need to dive into my world philosophy. Everyone sees the world in their own way, and I, by no means, want to discredit anyone else’s world view. This is just how I choose to perceive my reality.
Simply put – I believe that everything is interconnected though the sphere of perception. I am connected to this keyboard by the sensors on the skin of my hands and fingers. The light reflecting off my sleeping partner enters my eyes. The vibrations in the air from a truck in the distance rattles my eardrums. All these sensory inputs are transmitted to my brain and interpreted to be the world that I am living in. These sensory inputs are my sphere of perception. There is a space in the world that I can perceive with my senses, and that space is the bubble around my physical body that is an extension of my physical form, a part of me. Think about it, all those sensory inputs shape you, cause a physical reaction in you.
Now realize everyone has this sphere of perception around themselves. Everyone may react differently to the same stimuli, but the point is, our spheres of perception are constantly overlapping. Imagine you are in stop and go traffic. Your sphere of influence is overlapping with everyone next to you. You are seeing and hearing the same things. And the people around you, their bubble of perception is overlapping with all the people around them. See how all the bubbles begin to overlap. See the overlapping spreading to everyone waiting in traffic with you, see the overlap even in the cars driving in the other direction. You are like cells in a giant organism, each cell is an individual, but the edges blend together and interconnect.
Now let’s pull back from the traffic jam to 10,000 ft in the air. Yes, you are connected to everyone in the shared experience of the traffic jam, but see how at the edges of the traffic jam, the spheres of perception overlap with other people not in the traffic jam, like people on surface streets. And those people on surface streets, their sphere overlaps with people in the local businesses they drive past. See how when we pull up and look down at the world, everyone is interconnected by these shared spheres of perception. I might not see exactly what other people see or hear exactly what other people hear, but I am linked together with everyone on the planet by these shared spheres of perceptions.
What does this matter? Well, I see the whole world interconnected by these shared spheres of perception. And although sometimes it is hard to remember, I try to always recognize that I am connected to and part of everyone and everything I meet. I can’t possibly understand what’s going on internally with another person, because I haven’t had the same experiences. But I remember that we are connected with each other and that person is an extension of my sphere of perception. So when someone is angry or rude, when someone cuts me off, when someone is down on their luck, I just remember that they are interconnected with me, and therefore an extension of myself. I try to empathize with the people I interact with, because they are part of me. We are all interconnected.