The world does not belong to humans. Humans belong to the world. If we take the time to contemplate we might come to realize that we are more than “our thoughts” that perceive in fragments or analysis that is reduced to pieces of thoughts: that fuel concepts that are detached from the real experience of life and the world. Our thoughts are limited in this way and it is in being stuck in perceptions that reflect a separateness that we flounder. In turn we look for wholeness that we are missing in this perception in ways that are oriented to seeing only parts and pieces and that can not enable us to comprehend the depth of our connection.
Daniel Quinn writes “Homo sapiens was born being shaped. He was born a member of the community that was shaping him. Not exempt from membership by virtue of his greater intelligence. Not isolated from the rest by virtue of his capacity to wonder and dream. Not aloof from the rest by virtue of his knowing that he was unlike the rest in these ways. A part of the rest. And being a part of the rest, Homo sapiens was shaped. Shaped not by nothing. Shaped not by ignorance. Shaped by belonging to the community of life. Which was itself being shaped. The community itself was being shaped. The matter was being handled. Not by man. The shaping of the world was not in man’s hands. It was in other hands, which had shaped it from the beginning.
Daniel Quinn “Ishmael” https://www.cliffsnotes.com/literature/i/ishmael/book-summary