Interconnectedness

Interconnectedness is part of the terminology of a worldview which sees a oneness in all things. A similar term, interdependence, is sometimes used instead, although there are slightly different connotations. Both terms tend to refer to the idea that all things are of a single underlying substance and reality, and that there is no true separation deeper than appearances. Some feel that interconnectedness and similar terms are part of a contemporary lexicon of mysticism, which is based on the same core idea of universal oneness.

The mystics have related this as the notion of “all in one and one in all”, which in turn relates to the theological concept of panentheism, but in the most thorough meaning of that term. Not that all is within God, as your breakfast might be within you, or that God is solely within all, but, rather that the two, God and the creation are all one within one another.

In terms of religion, spirituality, personal world views and paradigms, the theology of God present within every human being, a concept familiar to Quakers and to Lutherans, might help to explain various life actions such as the rejection of human slavery. To own a slave would, in this cosmo-theological world view, be to claim ownership of the God present within the slave.

In global political, social, and ecological terms, the concept of co-relational “all in one, one in all” panentheistic interconnectedness will doubtless have significant economic, distributional, moral, ethical, political, personal, social, and ecological ramifications. By acknowledging the relationship to all things, interconnected behaviours are said to have the potential to change the world.

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