我說你們全是「一體」(all One) 的，但我並沒說你們全是「一樣」(all the same) 的。
Neale: Does that mean that I cannot swat a mosquito?
But if I am one with everything, am I not killing a part of myself when I swat the mosquito?
There are no cans or can nots here. There are no shoulds or shouldn’ts. You may do as you wish. Every decision is a statement of Who You Are.
Yet let us use your definitions for the moment, for the purposes of this discussion. Yes, by your definition, you are killing a part of yourself when you swat the mosquito. You are doing the same thing when you cut down a tree. Or pick a flower. Or slaughter a cow and eat it.
Does the fact that you don’t kill people mean that you don’t kill termites
Conversely, does the fact that you kill termites mean that it is okay to kill people?
I have said you are all One, but I have not said you are all the same.
Is your hair the same as your heart?
Because you cut your hair off, does that mean you will cut your heart out
Do you? Do you, really? Because many human beings act as if they don’t. They treat everyone and everything as if it were the same. They treat human life as if it were worth nothing more than the life of a mosquito. A termite. If they see that it is okay to cut their hair off, they cut their heart out. They bite their nose to spite their face.
Neale: Not many people act like that.
I tell you this: every one of you has acted like that, in one way or another. Every one of you has acted indiscriminately, treating one thing as if it were the same as another—even treating one person as if he or she were another.