Indian philosophy helps us see clearly, act wisely in an interconnected world

Indian thinkers have been reflecting on interconnectedness for more than two millennia. I study Indian philosophy, and I believe this diverse tradition offers rich and timely insights about how people might better understand global interconnectedness today and act more wisely.

One must come to see the world as an interwoven tapestry of cause and effect, and see oneself as part of that tapestry and capable of spiritual freedom within it. …

The human world is inextricable from nature. But as a human world it is upheld by our relationships and responsibilities to one another. … The wise person must see his or her own roles – as parent, child, worker, citizen – in light of this field of relationships. 

By Matthew MacKenzie, Professor of Philosophy and Department Chair, Colorado State University

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