Our fragmented illusion

October 27, 2011

For fragmentation is now very widespread, not only throughout society, but also in each individual; and this is leading to a kind of general confusion of the mind, which creates an endless series of problems and interferes with our clarity of perception so seriously as to prevent us from being able to solve most of them.

Society as a whole has developed in such a way that it is broken up into separate nations and different religions, political, economic, racial groups, etc. Similarly, each individual human being has been fragmented into a large number of separate and conflicting compartments, according to his different desires, aims, ambitions, loyalties, psychological characteristic, etc.

The notion that all these fragments are separately existent is evidently an illusion, and this illusion cannot do other than lead to endless conflict and confusion.

– physicist David Bohm in Wholeness and the Implicate Order (1980)

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One Response to “Our fragmented illusion”

  1. Suze said

    1980. Interesting.

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