“To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved is, well, a lot like being loved by God. It is what we need more than anything. It liberates us from pretense, humbles us out of our self-righteousness, and fortifies us for any difficulty life can throw at us.” ― Timothy Keller.
I hear about Nepal and Baltimore, It is painful from a level of understanding of empathy. It is a sense of loss in statistical assimilation. Then again, we are doing it to ourselves. Thus defining the relationship in this context is hard. Loosing a sense of hope, loosing sense of love, or turning oneself off towards to these feelings can be pretty challenging and soul wrenching.
Something similar to this thought has been with me almost all day long. As I think of catastrophic events of the world, I feel like going through a ringer. As a spiritualist I believe in continuation of life. Yet, it is hard to imagine, leaving the earth plane with a blink of an eye or from a prolonged illness life is life and life is a challenge. And when I get these impressions, I always reflect in my own introspective space. What do I know of myself? What is my relationship to GOD or the Source or the Infinite? What is my relationship with fellow earthly beings?