A human being is part of the whole, called by us ‘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 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, 1921
4 thoughts on “Sunday Photo; Optical Delusion”
I had no idea Eistein had ever said anything like this.
Ya, I heard it at the end of an hour long video I posted on my blog. I hadn’t even had time to watch it myself before posting it, but this morning I just let it play while I did other stuff. He ended with that quote and as he went on I just kept being more and more wowed…
and what a great picture!
i learned about Einstein’s closeness to buddhism from Bertrand Russell’s diaries. in fact, reading about their discussions had a very deep impact on me. Russell later wrote interesting articles on religion and Einstein’s way of thinking.
a newer book that may interest you is by this author: Thomas J. McFarlane
thank you so much, Joseph – wonderful again!
Thank you, Evelyn~
You’re enthusiasm always encourages me! ^_^
Actually, I was just say to Chong Go Sunim that I’d originally intended on posting more photographically interesting pictures but started posting more interesting places instead. I’m going to try to go back to my original idea from now…
Thanks for the info on Einstein!