“What you are the world is.”

Alan Watts writes (“The Collected Letters of Alan Watts”) in a 1941 letter to his parents that sometimes he gets “the queerest feeling that things going on in the world around one, are in some odd way, reflections of things happening in the depths of one’s own mind.”

He goes on to tell them that he is convinced “more and more that there is a universe inside one, which contains Hitler and all forms of human madness as well as love and beauty.”

J Krishnamurti tells us, in a 1950 Talk, that “You are not different from the world. The world is you. What you are the world is.”

Etty Hillesum, the young lady killed in the Nazi Holocaust, writes in her Diaries (“Etty: The Letters and Diaries of Etty Hillesum, 1941-1943”) of a conversation with a friend:

“The rottenness of others is in us too….I see no other solution, I really see no other solution than to turn inward and to root out all the rottenness there. I no longer believe that we can change anything in the world until we have first changed ourselves. And that seems to me the only lesson to be learned from this war. That we must look into ourselves and nowhere else.”

Peace 😊

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