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ONENESS, LOVE, EMPATHY, AND BROADBANDING

Most religions acknowledge the mystical experience of oneness. A state where all is one and there is no separation between subject and object.

Even if this is a delusion due to some form of schizophrenic intelligence, by all reports it feels wonderful, even ecstatic. Apparently it sometimes feels like emptiness, sometimes fullness, but always a sublime state of deep empathy with all living beings and even inanimate objects. The results of this experience are that it brings great peace, joy, love and understanding.

This phenomenon is independantly reported in various cultures. So by modern anthropolgical standards, the rumour must have some substance, and it is - at least - a common delusion ... (so let's all get deluded!)

Love is a similar experience, often this is a feeling of unity with one other person. Some animals have an implicit sense of bonding and belonging with others. The feeling of bonding and belonging in a group is also felt by humans, often in the form of a family.

Human cultures have long recognised feelings of compassion and sympathy. But recently various cultures have adopted the word and concept of 'empathy', to describe a state of being with, and imagining what it feels like to be the person we're with, or the pet we love.

And so empathy also describes a state of being where the subject is absorbed in an object.

These were the few, rare, special words, describing a state where the subject is absorbed in the object. And now i'm suggesting a fourth word, - the least of these, but maybe the starting point : broadbanding.

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