Einstein’s Folly

A human being is a part of the 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. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.

Albert Einstein

Sounds so noble – and drives modern politics and charity. The only trouble is, its impracticable. Love your neighbor and nourish your community. If you have a little extra, give it to those who have needs.

If you have a lot extra, support works that focus on small, personal things. Avoid bureaucratic works at all costs. They don’t and can’t work.

You can’t save the world, and if you try you’ll get in the way of the one who can. Hubris is still the great enemy of the human spirit, even when it robes itself in sentimental wishful thinking.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: