pantheism: the smart choice

Interesting man, Einstein. Quite intelligent, apparently. Smart enough to embrace pantheism!

But very unscientific in some of his thinking, as the following words reveal: "The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Whoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead..."

He was also a closet Buddhist, to coin an inelegant phrase, as indicated in the following quotation: "The true value of a human being is determined primarily by the measure and the sense in which he has attained liberation from the self."

(And yes, it's true that at the time, gender-neutrality of pronouns was not a burning issue.)

Quotes are taken from page 12 and 11 respectively, in Albert Einstein: Ideas and Opinions published by Rupa & Co, 1979


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The Real Cie said...

Believe it or not, it seems that brainy Einstein and dullard me have more in common than most would think.
I embraced pantheism when I was eighteen. However, at much closer to 48, I have realized that none of the deities really give a shit about me.

masterymistery said...

Hi Cie, I think we all have much much more in common than we realise. But not all that surprising seeing as we're all part of the same person!

And BTW, if your writing is anything to do by, "dullard" is very far from being an accurate description.

thanks for stopping by, Cheers, MM

Antares said...

The aspect of me that sometimes identifies itself with Einstein is pleased that you have highlighted this little-known aspect of the Stoned One (ain't that what his name actually means?)

masterymistery said...

Hi Antares

yes Einstein's pretty high, pretty out there: as far and high as any have flown among the stars.

(cue twilight zone audio)

Thanks for stopping by! ;-)