“Interdependence is our reality, whether we accept it or not. In order to live productively within such a reality, it is better to acknowledge and work with interdependence, wholeheartedly and without resistance. This is where love and compassion come in. It is love that leads us to embrace our connectedness to others, and to participate willingly in the relations created by our interdependence. Love can melt away our defenses and our painful sense of separation. The warmth of friendship and love makes it easy for us to accept that our happiness is intimately linked to that of others. The more widely we are able to love others, the happier and more content we can feel within the relations of interdependence that are a natural part of our life.”
– The Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje

Link to his article, “Understanding Emptiness & Interdependence” in Lion’s Roar magazine:

“Open Question Podcast” Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel

Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel’s book: The Logic of Faith; A Buddhist Approach to Finding Certainty Beyond Belief and Doubt

“Brainpickings: The Stuff of Stars: A Stunning Marbled Serenade to the Native Poetry of Science and the Cosmic Interleaving of Life”

“We are but whirlpools in a river of everflowing waters. We are not stuff that abides, but patterns that perpetuate themselves.”
– Norbert Wiener, mathematician and philosopher

“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.”
– John Muir