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Einstein And Optical Delusion

Published on 19 September 2014, by M. Tomazy.
“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 wrote these words in a letter in 1950, to a man named Robert S. Marcus who was grieving for the loss of his son to polio. Though they were originally words of condolence for death, they can be read as words of inspiration for embracing life, all life.