“…I was stopped inside my mind, as though my own mind now gave evidence of its own mysterious center on the mere surface of which I had been living my little life.
In that moment I also felt that I myself was a world. An unknown world…
…The Earth – the Earth upon which we lived was a great world! And we were part of that unknown world! And we ourselves were also a world!
Yes … yes. But: I was not yet a unity; on the contrary. And – was the Earth itself the world that it was meant to be if I, we human beings, were ourselves ridden with disunity and fragmentation? I am not yet a world, therefore the Earth cannot yet be the world it was created to be!”
– Jacob Needleman, An Unknown World: Notes on the Meaning of the Earth