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Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceQuotations · 1 month ago

What does this quote by Albert Einstein mean?

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 feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of 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.

Albert Einstein

1 Answer

  • 1 month ago

    I think what he meant was that we are all one organism, in a way.  We are all connected emotionally and psychically.  We think of ourselves as individuals, ourself vs the world, and the world includes everyone else.  But we should rather think of ourselves collectively.

    This is how ants behave.  If you step on a few ants, the others go on as if nothing happened.  Individual ants aren't individuals, they're like many cells in the same body.  Each has his own little job to do, not for himself but for the good of the whole colony.  Ants don't worry about getting ahead, getting the best of others, retiring in a nice house, etc. etc.

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