In explaining the Buddhist concept of dependent origination, Thich Nhat Hanh points out that there is no separation in reality, despite what our egos would tell us, and that in fact everything is in a state of perpetual interbeing.
"Looking deeply at the sunshine, the leaves of the tree and the clouds, we can see the table," he points out. "The one can be seen in the all, and the all can be seen in the one."
In the Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu writes:
there are names;
Once there are names,
one should also know when to stop;
Knowing when to stop,
one thereby avoids peril.
In metaphorical terms,
The relationship of all under heaven
to the Way
is like that of valley streams
to the river and the sea.
"One cause is never enough to bring about an effect," Thich Nhat Hanh observes. "A cause must, at the same time, be an effect, and every effect must also be the cause of something else."
"Cause and effect interare," he notes. "They give rise to each other."
"Our difficulties," he points out, "arise when we forget this teaching and become attached to ideas and things, believing that they are independent and permanent. When we embrace the interdependent nature of all things, forsaking all extremes, we will be on the path of a more peaceful and joy-filled existence."