On the Importance of the “Elevator Speech”

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”
-Albert Einstein

Any well understood idea, fully considered plan, or sound theory must be summarized in less than a minute. Otherwise you’re wasting your own time and everyone else’s.

Simplicity is the clarifying beam of understanding.

On the Illusion of Certainty

“As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.”
-Albert Einstein

To the degree that you are certain of reality is the degree to which you do not know what is real. And vice-versa.  

On An Intuitive Path To Truth

“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”
-Albert Einstein

The rational mind is best used when in pursuit of the miraculous and mysterious, in following a hunch, in looking beyond the obvious and immediate.

The intuitive mind is the fundamental source of all human progress. 


On the Key to Growing Old and Wise (Instead of Just Old)

“The important thing is not to stop questioning.”
-Albert Einstein

The body will stop growing, begin to break down, wither… But it is the seeking mind that grows wise as well as old, knowing that the act of questioning is the fundamental source of wisdom. 

We cease to grow when we stop questioning.

On the Difference Between Being Smart and Being a Genius

“Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them”
-Albert Einstein

Many a smart and diligent intellect may apply itself to the resolution crisis. It is to the avoidance of such that true genius lies.

On Cautious Optimism

“The stakes are immense, the task colossal, the time is short. But we may hope — we must hope — that man’s own creation, man’s own genius, will not destroy him. Scholars, indeed all men, must move forward in the faith of that philosopher who held that there is no problem the human reason can propound which the human reason cannot reason out.”
-Albert Einstein

It is too easy to view world events and abandon hope. We’re all doomed!! 

But not only is hope possible, it is required – a mission and a duty for all caring human beings – for finding a way out of the mess we have made.


On the Relative Nature of Absolute Time

“When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. But let him sit on a hot stove for a minute, and it’s longer than any hour. That’s relativity.”
-Albert Einstein

When an hour is but a minute, and a minute like an eternity.