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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Reflections

photo via Hubble
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 the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty… The true value of a human being 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

2 comments:

Doreen said...

a great man, so far ahead of his time. have a fantastic week ahead!!

Holly said...

Hubble images never cease to amaze me. A part of me wants to cover my walls in photos like this. How inspiring that would be!