Edward Morgan (E.M.) Forster (1 January 1879 – 7 June 1970), was an English novelist, short story writer, and essayist. He is known for his well-plotted novels examining class difference and hypocrisy, and also the attitudes towards gender and homosexuality in early 20th-century British society (A Passage to India, A Room With a View, Howards End). Forster's humanistic impulse may be aptly summed up in the epigraph to his 1910 novel Howards End, where he says: "Only Connect".
I love Forster's two word exhortation. It holds so many possibilities, so much meaning. It is particularly apt during the holiday season...connecting to our loved ones and to people who may be alone or lonely. Too many people roam around invisible, unnoticed, discounted, unattended to....... It costs little to pay attention, to notice, to smile, to make eye contact, to connect, to reach out. To pay attention and to connect are acts of compassion, acts of love......a gift.
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