The Hitopadesa speaks about Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, visualizing the whole world as one family. It emanates from a spiritual understanding that the whole of humanity and any living form is made of one life energy. If the Divine source is one then how are we different as individuals? If the whole ocean is one then how is a drop of the ocean different from the ocean itself? If the drop is different from the ocean, how then can it ultimately be dissolved in the ocean?
How often do we experience this oneness with others when we are in the race to win? How do we balance this need to win with our need for wellbeing? The last few decades have opened up new approaches to discover our innate humanness to enhance individual emotional wellbeing.
In society, we often experience exclusion, an “us versus them” divide, one-upmanship, intolerance to diversity and enforced conformity. Technology has stepped up the pace of our lives, adding to our anxieties. However there are emerging sanctuaries where we experience humanness, celebrate uniqueness and value differences.
Our institutions drive scarcity, competition and crisis management where people are just tools for the achievement of goals. However, there are emergent systems with a culture of abundance, collaboration and self-paced growth. Humanness thrives in organizations that blend targets with compassion, purpose with sensitivity to human needs and so on.