Wednesday, April 16, 2008

An unfulflled wish

Lithograph by Emil Orlik, 1928
Image © The Albert Einstein Archives
The Jewish National & University Library
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

In 1954 Albert Einstein wrote:

Human being is part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. The true value of a human being is determined by the measure and the sense in which they have obtained liberation from the self. We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if humanity is to survive.

Simply words of an old man wishing the best--it won't happen as long as there is greed, subjugation and manipulation of certain peoples of the world.

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