being is a part of the whole that we call the universe, a part limited
in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings,
as something separated
from the rest -- a kind of optical illusion of his consciousness.
is a prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection
for only the few people nearest us. Our task must be to free
ourselves from this prison by widening our
circle of compassion to embrace all living beings and all of nature.”