A human being is part of the whole, called by us “Universe,” a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation, and a foundation for inner security. -- Albert Einstein
Increasingly you realize there is nothing separating us. You are a bunch of exploding atoms and so am I. What separates us is everything in us that wants to separate from each other. Once you let go of wanting to separate, you can begin to see that we are all one. -- Terry Dobson (1993)
In A Nutshell: Things can only be understood in the context of the system or systems of which they are a part; and any system as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Holism - a discussion by James Schombert of the University of Oregon Physics Department.
"Holism and Nonseparability in Physics" - a fairly deep article in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
How It Can Apply In Our World
The Network for Creative Change - A web site created by a group of Nova Scotians that draws on new science concepts and has "...the goal of facilitating systemic change through creativity, learning, design and development..."
Common Ground Community - this organization takes a holistic approach to the problem of homelessness by integrating individuals into communities.
Common Ground on Housing Crisis - a BBC article about Common Ground Community and a similar organization in London.