Connectedness is the new Separation

For years people have been touting the idea of six degrees of separation. In an ironic twist, the concept actually demonstrates how close we are to every other person on the planet.

Since that is true, why do we use the word “separation”? Don’t we spend enough time creating imaginary differences? This line of thinking divides us. Based on what is going on in todays world, it seems to me that it would behoove us to focus on coming together (someone should really sing a song about that).

In the spirit of “being the change you want to see in the world” (thank you Gandhi for that most powerful and relevant thought) I propose we begin to use the phrase “six degrees of connectedness” to replace the current misguiding statement.

In addition to polishing up the ole phrase, i suggest that we take a look at the six most important things to which we can be connected. My thought is that the six should look a little like this:

1. Self
2. Others
3. Technology
4. Planet
5. Universe
6. Joy

I will be initiating conversations on how we are connected to each of those in the coming weeks.

To what are you most connected?

5 Responses to “Connectedness is the new Separation”


  1. 1 Eric Thursday, September 4 at 10:22 pm

    But degrees of connectedness and degrees of separation are not the same thing. In fact, they’re opposites. 10 degrees of connectedness is closer than 6 degrees of connectedness. Yet 10 degrees of separation is further than 6 degrees of separation.

    And in my mind, making sense trumps making cute. So let’s leave it at 6 degrees of separation for the sake of accuracy in communicating a concept.

  2. 2 Pat Williams Thursday, September 4 at 11:11 pm

    I am feeling very connected to you right now! I came to read your article and saw my face on your web site! 😉 I’ve already started to consider what you might refer to when you write about your 6 areas of connectedness. I’m looking forward to discovering how accurate my guesses are.

    Lately I’ve been far too connected to my desk.

  3. 3 Paula Kirsch Friday, September 5 at 2:54 am

    Terry, I love this concept, it’s brilliant! I suggest that connectedness is all there is… There is no separation. Separation is an illusion. It has been all along. The concept IS connectedness so let’s just call it what it is and leave it at that.

    We are all connected and have much more in common than not. When it comes to our community and business climate a rising tide lifts all boats… so let’s focus on the positive aspects and make good things happen!

    We are connected through technology certainly… but beyond that we are connected through our vibration, our energy, our joy and passion for what we are doing in the world. Connectedness has a very high vibration and that is good for all of us!

  4. 4 distinctivecoaching Friday, September 5 at 3:16 pm

    Hi Terry,

    Very interesting idea! I like exploring this.

    The “six most important things to which we can be connected” that you pose are good things, people and “entities” to be connected to. I do think that all those six are also connected in different ways and some more than others. (For example, planet and universe, or planet and joy, others and joy… etc.) So by listing them discretely, are we perpetuating a separateness between them and in our thought patterns?

    This line of thought make me think of the Gaia hypothesis and extending that to encompass our connections with each other and non-organic “entities” to which we are connected directly (networks, the Internet).

    Interesting stuff. Just something to mull over.

    Best,
    Jason Rosado

    http://blog.DistinctiveCoaching.com

  5. 5 trybean Saturday, November 29 at 1:53 am

    I’m finally picking this ball back up. I recorded the topics of the “self degree” and really haven’t done much since…until tonight. Fun. Thanks for the comments. Jason, I really enjoyed yours. I will mull on that. Pat, love seeing your face. Always. Connectedness has a very good vibration for all of us indeed Paula. Looking forward to further exploring and explaining it. Fair point Eric, but this was never about math or simple semantics.


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