At this moment, if I direct my attention toward myself, I feel very certain that I exist as an individual, that there is something it is right to call “me.” I know that I am the person who went to sleep in my bed last night and woke up there this morning. I know my name, remember most of my personal history, and have my distinct physical appearance that others can recognize. Individuals like me, whether of the human or subatomic particle variety, make things happen, and I have my own very particular responsibilities. It is an individual that I develop my character, as an individual that I possess integrity, and as an individual that others can rely on me. It is an individual that I must sometimes be “field independent,” stand against the crowd, when my values or intuitions demand, and as an individual that I make the unique contribution that only I can make. Quantum physics tells me that, like every other existing thing in the universe, I am a unique excitation of the Quantum Vacuum’s cosmic energy field, an important and irreplaceable “happening” in the history of events. As Ekhardt Tolle has written, “You are here to enable the Divine Purpose of the universe to unfold. That’s how important you are.”Footnote 1
As a mother and grandmother I have a distinct role in my family and things that only I can do, I am at the center of certain family and social events, and my distinct eccentricities add some spice and variety to the tapestry of family life—and are the source of many family “stories”! As one of my young grandsons commented recently in my defence, “If we were all the same, we would get very confused. And we would be very boring.” If I were not “me,” my entire family would be different because, while my individuality is important, my being “me” plays a defining role in all others in the family being who they are. I am not just an isolated “particle” free to be and do as I like, but also a “wave” whose being and doing affects both the kind of individuals others in the family are and what they do.
We have seen that quantum physics proves that in our quantum world, everything and everyone is related to, “entangled with,” everything and everyone else, and that it is their place in this vast network of relationships that determines both the identity and the behavior of each thing or person. Relationship makes reality. Every existing thing and person is in fact a dynamic, wave-like pattern of energy “written” on the background energy field of the Quantum Vacuum, a wave on the sea of cosmic energy that permeates all things and people. And just like neighboring waves on the sea, we overlap and combine, we amplify or reduce each other. We each contain the same “seawater,” and are stuff of the same substance. This is the quantum basis of the Taoist insight that each of us contains within ourselves the entire universe and everything within it. “I” am “you,” and “you” are “me,” and it is through our relationship that we create both ourselves and our shared world. There are no “others,” no “strangers,” and there is Zero Distance between each of us.
Thus, each employee in a company is both a “particle” and a “wave,” a unique and irreplaceable individual and an integral, defining part of the company. No matter what his or her role, no matter how seemingly large or small that role, every employee matters because of his or her individual potential and contributes that potential to the making of the company system. All employees and all roles are in a defining relationship with all others, and together they create the company system. There are no “others” because there are no borders. There are no less-equals because all are stuff of the same substance. There are no less important job roles, no unimportant people, because all, in their uniqueness, are integral and defining elements of the company system. If the employees were different, and their relationships different, it wouldn’t be the same company.