Tuesday, August 28, 2007

more on e=mc^2

from a fwd. from my buddy C. up in Astoria.

it seems like this knowledge is coming from a lot of different angles these days.

thanks for the quote brudda

"A human being is 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 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 us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this
prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living
creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
-Albert Einstein

e=mc^2 changed my life. when i finally realized the simple truth and beauty of this statement
i understood what Einstein is referring to in this quote. We as human beings, flesh and
blood, earth-bound, food cravers, are just another form of energy in this situation we
find ourselves in. and indeed, the whole set up in the world, 'the way things are'
in this earth, as far as human societies are concerned, is all in our heads. that's why i get
frustrated with people who say 'that's the way it is, has been and always will be',
because they're flat wrong. that may be how it is, but it certainly isn't how it always has
been and there is only our collective consent that allows it to continue to be in the future.

What is 'it' you ask? for starters the basic issue of who slices and how they slice the pie.
The list goes on.

Indeed, our circle of compassion must grow to include everyone and all life on the planet.

1 comment:

nina said...

the question is (assuming all or most will agree with this perspective): how big of a slice of pie can this planet sustain for each of us? when i took this sustainability quiz and saw my meager existance would take 1.4 planets if all lived as i do, i was stunned.

yep--i've never once in my life been ok with being told "that's the way it is and always will be". please. it's just a way of dismissing a new concept, a new way of thinking. familiarity, even when it brings some discomfort, is a comfort for we humans.

einstein had such a cool way of looking at the universe. we have a little photo magnet of him on our fridge that i stare at sometimes.