Reading-Text Six, Albert Einstein
Contemplation and View of Life
The article by Einstein depicts his philosophy of life. The great scientist of modern age, expresses his views about the creation of the world and man’s proper place in the cosmic scheme of the universe. He insists upon the necessity of leading a simple life, the need of social justice and feelings of social responsibility. At the same time he shows his extreme hatred against war, which he regards as the meanest business of commercial minded politicians.
Man’s Position, Capabilities and Responsibilities
Einstein observes that man suffers from delusions. He thinks and knows why he is born when actually he has no idea. His stay in this world is very short. However, man lives in this world not only for his near ones but also for those unknown millions who are tied in the bond of human sympathy. He suggests that man should live a simple life. It is always good. It decreases man’s dependence upon man. He is conscious of the fact that he has taken too much from his fellowmen and wants to repay it as much as he can.
Humility, Sincerity and Simplicity Keeps One Independent
Einstein does not believe in human division into different classes. He appears as a strong believer in social justice and responsibility. He thinks that no one should be admired or worshipped because it is contrary to social justice. If he has been admired so much, it is because of his discoveries what he made after ceaseless efforts. It is this search and devotion for one’s work, which distinguishes a man from others.
War, Monarchy and Desire for Outward and Material Progress are Vices
Einstein is against wars. He finds it disgusting. He accuses the politicians for imposing this evil upon mankind for their ugly designs. These people corrupt the minds of simple men and women throughout their influences, which they mobilize through schools and the press. He believes that war can be abolished if the unsound interests and selfish motives did not exploit the people. Einstein feels that the ideal of life should be companionship among the people of like minds who are committed to the discovery of the areas of experiences and knowledge in the fields of art and science. Ideals, such as the desire for outward success, property and power are charming only for corrupt and vicious people. These material things are attracted only by the people of brutal nature.
Only the Logical Appreciation of the Universe Keeps things in Abstraction
He suggests that man should be humble to God and realizes that whatever he has achieved is nothing in comparison to what is known to Him. He says that life and reality are two mysteries, which we are all the time trying to know, and what we have achieved so far is elementary. He concludes by arguing that it is beyond man’s approach to discover everything through the help of intellect and reason. It is only the belief and image of God and mystery of the eternity of life, which unfolds various secrets and solves numerous problems. This belief removes dark layer from man’s mind. It supplements man in comprehending the vast and incomprehensible universe. The faith in the unseen omnipotent proves to be the driving force in exploring the world from pole to pole. It brings harmony in man’s thinking faculty and his sense perception.