Einstein’s Circle of Compassion

Abby Martin gives a heartfelt remark about Albert Einstein’s ‘Circle of Compassion’ by reflecting on how to balance personal stability with the plight of humanity by establishing a sense of global empathy. Throughout his life, the philosopher and scientist Dr. Einstein received letter from people asking him for advice and solutions to their problems. One day a Rabbi wrote him, asking him how he could explain and come to terms with the untimely death of his 16-year-old daughter. Einstein responded by this…

“A human being is a part of a whole, called by us the universe. A part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts, and feelings, as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is kind of a prison, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection to a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison, and we do this by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures, and the whole of nature in it’s beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation, and a foundation for inner security.”

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