Some time ago a young father was tragically killed in a high-jacking. His death was deeply traumatic and shocked the community. The behaviour that caused his death was inexcusable and the collective anger was immense.
What has become very clear to all is the wider implications of this young father’s death. The children are now growing up without a father, which has had its own emotional implications. A young mother has lost a partner and father to her children and is going through all the difficulties single mothers go through in raising their children. A successful little business has had to close its doors robbing a good number of people of their livelihood. The litany goes on and on. This young father’s death just cannot be seen in isolation. All sorts of communal implications flowed from it.
The great masters of life teach us not to see in an isolated way. They call on us to see things as a whole, not as fragments, but in context. Seeing in this way enables us to truly grasp the full implications of what we do and what we decide upon. All things are mysteriously connected at a level we have not yet even begun to grasp. Only this kind of perception awakens a true compassion and a true ethic for life.