My Pal, Al

NO, I’m not talking about the High Priest of H.O.G.W.A.S.H. , Creator of the Giant Carbon Footprint & Non-Rock Concert , Inventor of the Internet and Weathermaker Maximus. Not him. HIM. This Al. Albert Einstein. The one and only.
Silly Einstein
WWJD became popular in the 1990’s when Christian teens began wearing the bracelets. What they probably didn’t know, is that the “idea” of using Jesus’ life as a moral example is what is generally referred to as Social Gospel. And that two men, Charles Sheldon nd Walter Rauschenbusch forwarded these very tenets over a hundred years ago. Everything old is new again. Lately, bloggers have come up with WWMD.WWMD is, basically, well, the opposite of WWJD.

So therefore, today, by the powers vested in me, I propose a new one – WWES – What would Einstein SAY. He thought a lot, talked a lot, wrote a lot. Some of the things I personally disagree with (like his socialistic bent), but he had a sly sense of humor. And that trait that helped him not take himself so seriously. Too bad most folks have lost theirs.

On the subject of God, he’s already spoken…

My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.

The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious.

On the subject of religion, he’s already spoken…

Science can only be created by those who are thoroughly imbued with the aspiration toward truth and understanding. This source of feeling, however, springs from the sphere of religion…The situation may be expressed by an image: science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.

On the subject of politics, he’s already spoken…

Yes, we have to divide up our time like that, between our politics and our equations. But to me our equations are far more important, for politics are only a matter of present concern. A mathematical equation stands forever.

The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them.

On the subject of climate change/global warming/global cooling/global differing, he’s already spoken…

Science will stagnate if it is made to serve practical goals.

One must shy away from questionable undertakings, even when they bear a high-sounding name.

The search for truth and knowledge is one of the finest attributes of man – though often it is most loudly voiced by those who strive for it the least.

On the subject of war, he’s already spoken…

I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.

On the subject of terrorists, he’s already spoken…

Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices, but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence and fulfills the duty to express the results of his thought in clear form.

On the subject of vanity, he’s already spoken…

The true value of a human being is determined primarily by how he has attained liberation from the self.

On the subject of education, he’s already spoken…

Imagination is more important than knowledge…

It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.

The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.

On the subject of political correctness, he’s already spoken.

If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.

On the subject of people in general and just living, he’s already spoken…

Truth is what stands the test of experience.

Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value.

Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the universe.

The important thing is not to stop questioning.

To punish me for my contempt for authority, fate made me an authority myself.

(Quotes from The Quotations Page, AS&L Associates and Space and Motion.)

I wonder, reallllllyyy wonder what he would say today. Not only about Princeton and NJ, but the US that sheltered him after he left Europe behind. About technology, the media, the rise of radical Islam. That would definitely be one interesting conversation. I think one sentiment would follow along these lines, a quote attributed to him after the discovery of atomic energy. He knew, even then, it would be twisted by other motives.

The release of atom power has changed everything except our way of thinking…the solution to this problem lies in the heart of mankind. If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker.

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