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  • Writer's picturePaul Cotter

A Reflection on Windows


Night view of city architecture with dark sky and lit windows

More than 8 billion people live on earth. We're accompanied by 10 quintillion insects (that's a 10 followed by 18 zeroes) plus myriad other life forms, from plants to simple one-celled organisms. That’s a lot of life.


Which brings us to my thoughts on windows.


As I see it, all 8 billion people, along with all other living creatures, are part of a unified whole. I'm in tune with the mystic Sufi poet Rumi who wrote, “In things spiritual, there is no partition, no number, no individuals.”


I view it this way: The universe is like a colossal building with an infinite number of windows and a single dazzling light source shining through each window.


Each one of us, every living creature, is a window in that building. We each have a different view, a different perspective looking out onto the world. But the life-giving light that shines through our window is the same, whether we’re on the first floor or the 37th floor of the building.


When we recognize this, we gain a deeper appreciation and respect for even the tiniest of the 10 quintillion insects.




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