Things in the universe, though they may seem to be separate and very different, may all be reflections of a larger whole. However, most of us were educated to perceive via fragmentation. Even most of the top scientists of the world currently tend to dissect things and look more at the parts… not so much at the whole. The mind can intelligently perceive without merely seeing via standard patterns and images (that were instilled within it, formulating its constitution). For many of us, even self-images consist of fragmentary concepts and images that were accumulated from learned paradigms. Even when we look inwardly, we see fragmentarily… we see learned symbols/images. Undoubtedly, there would be less wars and less indifference towards nature if more of us would go beyond the norm and perceive more holistically. The right arm will not robotically wage war against (and try to vanquish) the left arm if it clearly sees the reality of the whole.
True independence is going beyond conditioning; it is going beyond the dependence upon old patterns and systems that were implanted by others (who absorbed and became them themselves). If one remains in circumscribed patterns, one can’t go far; and, interestingly, such a “farness” is beyond distance and separation.