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Is the Universe Friendly?


On May 5, 2012 Conrad P. Pritscher wrote:

 The following Einstein quote says much: "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 of mankind an 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."
Quoted in H Eves Mathematical Circles Adieu (Boston 1977).
My study reveals that Einstein thought the universe and God were one. That is similar to Gandhi's notion:
"If you don't see God in the next person you meet, it is a waste of time looking for him further." gun these ideas similar to Einstein's idea that the true value of a human being can be found in the degree one liberates oneself from one's self (one's ego).
What appears to be random may simply be in order not yet found. I can't think of any of my beliefs I would change. Most most of my behavior is unconscious and I would like to better be generous and helpful, be patient and bear and forbear the wrongs of others, and be persevering, and use any wisdom I may have  for the benefit of everyone and everything. These notions are  elaborated on in the book, Einstein and Zen: Learning to Learn, Peter Lang Publisher, 2010.
 



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