In the yoga teacher training I've been in for the past six weeks, we've been learning a lot about Hindu philosophy and other spiritual ideas in yoga. My teacher was suggesting that we try to see ourselves in other people, to not create "separation."
Eastern spiritual philosophy says that we're all part of God, with the implication that when we die we return to a cosmic soup of consciousness. I have to say, I don't find that completely comforting.
I also don't like the idea that the creepy guy over there, such as the one in Austria who locked his daughter up in a basement for over 20 years, is a reflection of "me." Ummm, I personally have never locked anyone up in a basement and I have no intentions of doing so.
I can have compassion (and go, gee, that guy is @#$!!ed up!), but I can honestly say I don't see myself or anyone I know in him for that matter. He's seriously sick...and not shining out as a child of God right now due to that sickness and evil.