Essence of Human Relationships

Ram Dass tells a story about a man rowing on a lake high in the mountains in fog so thick you can’t see your fingers unless you hold them right in front of your eyes.  While he is rowing, he runs into something, probably another boat.  He starts yelling loudly, “Watch where you’re going.  Can’t you see I’m rowing here?  You must be blind, you’re not paying any attention to where you’re going.”  No sound, except for his oars in the water.  No one arguing back, no name calling, nothing but silence.  Only the oars in the water in rhythm.  Soon the fog lifts and the man sees there is no one in the other boat; the one he collided with.  The other boat is empty just floating on the lake.  Ram Dass says “that’s the essence of all human relationships.”