Einstein and spirituality

I deeply admire the spirituality of Einstein though I think he called it his “religious sentiment.”  He shows that it is possible to appreciate science, to believe deeply in the scientific exploration of our world, and still maintain faith.  In the quote below he describes the “delusional systems” that we are all susceptible to and the prison that they constitute.  He encourages us to broaden our world, to realize that we are all in this game together, even those that are vastly different from us:

A human being is a part of a whole, called by us _universe_, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings 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.


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