Einstein & New Thinking

Einstein

“A 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 this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty…

“The true value of human beings is determined primarily 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.”

(Albert Einstein, 1954)

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  • grannydeepsea  On October 2, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    Hi Vinaire,

    I agree that there seems to be a kind of prison situation going on for us in these human bodies, but I don’t necessarily believe it is against our wills. It is possible that we agree to the terms and conditions of human life before we are born.

    If that is the case, then it is possible that the ‘feeling’ of prison is something we can use to analogously figure out part of our reasons for coming to Earth.

    If God needs help with a situation, and the form of that help requires a personal sacrifice to a state of existence that sometimes feels like a prison (and other times feels like a playground) and we know about the sacrifice before we are born, then that means we want to help God.

    Personally, I want to believe that. I want to believe that God set things up this way out of necessity and that in order to help Him, we must ‘jump through the hoops’ that are simply part of the system.

    I would hope that the obvious problems existing on Earth are surmountable and that some day we will overcome the horrible situations, while saving the wonderful miracles. If that is possible, then I believe I would have made the personal sacrifice required to come here and help God with His plan.

    In the end, I don’t care if it’s a type of delusion. In fact, it is a very real delusion. When a child is being tortured, all of the ‘good guys’ get a bad feeling and want to stop it from happening. This is a fact. So, if we can rally around these types of delusional facts and bring about a real change in circumstances on our planet, then we will be doing the right thing during our time of personal sacrifice. If we can completely modify our planet to ‘a wonderful place to be for all concerned’, then I think we will win – not only personally, but Universally.

    “It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there’ll be any fruit. But that doesn’t mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.” — Mohandas Gandhi

    Thanks for all of your hard work, Vinaire. I love reading your blog.

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