A Smile a Day – Day 7 – Genius


When I was a kid I was fascinated by Albert Einstein. By 12 I was reading simplified versions of his science. By 15 I was reading his philosophy. As a young adult adult I went through his most well-known theories line by line to ensure that I understood them. As an older adult I have gone back to his Humanism and philosophy.

Einstein was not only a genius in seeing the universe with his curved space physics, he was a genius at seeing the universe as a place for compassion. There are large books full of his writings on humanism and compassion. Here are a few quotes for you to ponder:

A human being is a part of a whole, called by us ‘universe’, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest… a kind of optical delusion of his 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 this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.

Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.

Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.

There are so many others. Whole essays. He denounced racism and acted it against injustice when he saw it. He walked through poor black neighborhoods in his segregated city, handing out candy to kids and treating the adults with respect.   (Read here.)  He stood for the oppressed.  When I think of one of last century’s great minds using that mind to help the underprivileged and speaking out on humanity, it makes me smile.



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