On Dignity and Morality

Lost without a moral compass“The most important human endeavor is the striving for morality in our actions. Our inner balance and even our very existence depend on it. Only morality in our actions can give beauty and dignity to life.

To make this a living force and bring it to clear consciousness is perhaps the foremost task of education.

The foundation of morality should not be made dependent on myth nor tied to any authority lest doubt about the myth or about the legitimacy of the authority imperil the foundation of sound judgment and action.”
-Albert Einstein

Where to now?

In the end, we all must find our own way. Without a moral compass, we are lost.

 

On Sympathy and Human Connection

geralt / Pixabay

geralt / Pixabay

“From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that we are here for the sake of each other— above all for those upon whose smile and well-being our own happiness depends, and also for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy.
Many times a day I realize how much my own outer and inner life is built upon the labors of my fellow men, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received.”

– Albert Einstein

No man is an island. Solitude does not remove us from our connection and obligation to our fellow sojourners – past, present and future.

On Bigotry and Belief

Bigotry and Belief. The philosophy of Albert Einstein

geralt / Pixabay

“The bigotry of the nonbeliever is for me nearly as funny as the bigotry of the believer.”
-Albert Einstein

Belief (or non-belief) does not inoculate against bigotry.

On Putting the Genie Back in the Bottle

The power of human destructiveness

WikiImages / Pixabay

“It is easier to denature plutonium than to denature the evil spirit of man”
-Albert Einstein

The dangers of Plutonium-239 pale to the boundless capacity of human beings to turn it into pure destruction.

On Fighting the Good Fight

Humanity fate rests in the determination of each person

geralt / Pixabay

“The individual must not merely wait and criticize, he must defend the cause as best he can. The fate of the world will be such as the world deserves.”
-Albert Einstein

For each of us there is a choice: to lie down, give up, and accept our powerlessness to the unstoppable tide of human history. Or to stand up, brace against the tide, and alter its course – even if only by the smallest margin. The collective course of events is determined by individual effort – or the lack thereof.

In the end, we will reap what we sow.

On Understanding Nature

Nature is sublime, and we do not need to always understand it.

federicofior0 / Pixabay

“Nature conceals her secrets because she is sublime, not because she is a trickster.”
-Albert Einstein

Nature doesn’t need our understanding, as much as it needs our respect.

On Why Having a Bad Attitude is for Losers

“Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character”
-Albert Einstein

An occasional bad attitude is human nature. Making a habit of it is becomes a character trait. The decision is yours. And mine.

On the Definition of Infinity

“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.”
– Albert Einstein

Even the faintest and furthest star, resting at the very edge of the universe, implies a boundary. What knows no bounds is the depth to which the folly of Man can reach.

On Pondering the Requirements for Being God

"What really interests me is whether God had any choice in the creation of the world." 
-Albert Einstein

Could God have just sat quietly "unto himself," or is part of the job of being God creating the world, and the humans that inhabit it?