“A human being is part of a whole, called by us 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 delusion of his consciousness.  This

delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our

personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to

us.  Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison

by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living

creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”

~ quotation by Albert Einstein