"I think the most important question facing humanity is, ‘Is the universe a friendly place?’ This is the first and most basic question all people must answer for themselves.
I think that if you are friendly to the universe, so the universe will be friendly to you.
I believe Universe is order and order is peace. Everything is connected.
I really enjoyed reading the comments here. There is intelligence, passion and imagination in all of them. I wish our political discourse could have some of the nuance, respectfulness and insight found here. We do not need to see important, fundamental things the same way to be enlivened and nourished by the thoughts of others. As to the question of order in the universe: In a book called "Leadership and the New Science," author Margaret Wheatley includes a photo of a "three-winged bird." It is a beautiful image of a graphed system of a million points. At a mere one-hundred thousand points, we would see nothing but an apparently random set of dots- and even at five-hundred thousand points would not see a clear pattern. Only when enough points have been graphed do we see an amazing and beautiful pattern. This may apply to directly to our understanding of the universe. We are still at the beginning in some ways, seeing only randomness in many situations when deeper patterns and potential unity may exist beyond our limited comprehension. In any case, the world we know is full of beauty and terror, of pattern and accidents. We know enough to see we are not rivals in existence and should strive for the highest levels of love, cooperation and compassion of which we are capable. And in the final analysis, we need a political definition of these things, a social contract that brings out the best in human beings.[Hide Full Comment]
1. Keep in mind that if a person is a genius in the area of physics or chemistry for example, there is no reason to assume that such a person has all the answers to all of the questions in every area of thought.
2. Can the above quotation be positively ascribed to Dr. Einstein?
3.Are we all agreed on a definition of "God"? This is important. We cannot have a discussion unless we define our terms.Until we do, the quotation means nothing and any comments on the subject mean nothing.
I love that quote. I have "proof" that not only is it friendly, its sum and substance is kindness. That is part of my thesis and the conclusion of my book "The Creation Code." I am looking for people to read and review my work. TRDavis
There is actually a one word answer to the question.
We get what we expect. If you think negative thoughts, you will get negative responses. Guard your thoughts!
It is very clear that Einstein doesn't know either universe or man. The entire universe is a man. Don't think visible objects around you. Think first about yourself. Inside your body that entire universe is contained.
It is obvious to me that the universe is a friendly place - after all, we are living on the cushiest place in the known Universe. A system that is abundant, takes care of our needs and constantly balances and recycles Itself. What more evidence do we need? it's AWESOME.
What is the citation? I hear this quote quite often, by see no proof. If you can provide a source, please send it to me: MichaelDeanBogar@Gmail.com
My point of view is to look at the universe as a home, and i am sure we all love our homes and we do everything possible to make our home a better place to live! The Universe is a Home to our home, to me it is the Mother of my home. We have to love the Home of our home as much we love our mothers
I love my Home, my mother, he provides all i need!
Let us educate our children to love and respect the universe!
Einstein never said this. See Wikiquote, under subheading "Misattributed:"
"[T]he idea that the most important question we can ask is "Is the universe friendly?" dates back much earlier than the attribution to Einstein, for example in Emil Carl Wilm's 1912 book The Problem of Religion he includes the following footnote on p. 114: 'A friend proposed to the late F. W. H. Myers the following question: "What is the thing which above all others you would like to know? If you could ask the Sphinx one question, and only one, what would the question be?" After a moment's silence Myers replied: "I think it would be this: Is the universe friendly?"'