Yesterday I had my music on shuffle and The Police’s “Synchronicity I” came on.

This particular song brings back a lot of memories (the entire album does, really). My older brother often forced my mom to listen to a new cassette tape he woukd get and before he knew it, mom was laying claim on it. Van Halen’s “Jump” was one, and “Synchronicity” was another one. I have very vivid memories of singing with my mom in the car to these albums and many others.

So yesterday when “Synchronicty I” came on, a bit of nostalgia came over me and I sang along, of course.

Like so many other songs of my past, I had to reconsider the lyrics. Sometimes I realize I have been singing a song incorrectly for the past twenty years (sigh)… But at least it’s not as bad as my husband recently learning the band Hall and Oats isn’t “Haulin’ Oats.” Good grief…

Within this song is the following:

If we share this nightmare,
then we can dream. Spiritus Mundi.

I googled Spiritus Mundi, of course, which means “spirit world” or “the collective spirit of mankind.” After I read this, I was suddenly overwhelmed with this big idea, felt like I got socked in my stomach and immediately dropped a few tears.

I think the original philosophy, and the one trying to be conveyed in this song, is a bit metaphysical and all-religion focused. However, it still breaks down as simply, “if you hurt, I hurt.” Or “when you’re happy, I’m happy.” It’s a very simple concept that was taught by Christ himself.

I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me. – John‬ ‭17‬:‭20-21‬

There is a collective spirit among us. We are taught to pray together, pray for one another and bear each other’s burdens… Even the least sensitive among us should be able to see this logic and accept.

I guess for me, being the sensitive and empathetic to a fault person that I am, there is validation in uncovering truths like this. Our world is filled with the mentality of “that’s not my problem!” “That’s not happening in my country, why should I care?” “I EARNED my money, why do I need to share it?” This is not the way of love at all. This is stinginess, greed, self-centeredness and cold. This is not the collective belief of a people who’s savior laid down his life for us and gave us the ultimate Golden Rule.

This Spiritus Mundi concept makes me think of some of our reactions to the 21 martyrs, or Muslim women who are tortured and killed under Sharia law. These killings are not the way of love and if you have any love for the tortured then you would hurt a little bit too.

Break it down on a smaller scale. If my friend is aching, hurt or sick then I am aching, hurt and sick along with her. If my friend is struggling with something then I struggle with her. No, there is no need to be “Folié a deux” about it but you should feel a certain level of compassion.

Life is hard, folks… But it is rich. Rich in relationships and love. Yet, if you’re not willing to make yourself vulnerable for this collective then you will miss the greatest experience here on earth.