Einstein: Optical Delusion of Consciousness

Einstein: Optical Delusion of Consciousness


Albert Einstein – (1879-1955)

“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 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.

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.”

From Abby Martin, Breaking the Set

Prescient Inspiration: Play once a day or as necessary…

Charlie Chaplin’s Speech at the end of The Great Dictator (1940)

“I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an Emperor, that’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible, Jew, gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one another, human beings are like that. We all want to live by each other’s happiness, not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone and the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone.

The way of life can be free and beautiful. But we have lost the way.

Greed has poisoned men’s souls, has barricaded the world with hate; has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed.

We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in;
machinery that gives abundance has left us in want.
Our knowledge has made us cynical,
our cleverness hard and unkind.
We think too much and feel too little.
More than machinery we need humanity,
more than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness.

Without these qualities life will be violent and all will be lost.

The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men, cries out for universal brotherhood for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world, millions of despairing men, women and little children, victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people. To those who can hear me I say: do not despair.

The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass and dictators will die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people and so long as men die liberty will never perish.

Soldiers: don’t give yourselves to brutes, men who despise you and enslave you, who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel, who drill you, diet you, treat you as cattle, as cannon fodder!

Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men,
machine men, with machine minds and machine hearts.
You are not machines!
You are not cattle!
You are men!!
You have the love of humanity in your hearts.
You don’t hate, only the unloved hate.
The unloved and the unnatural.
Soldiers: don’t fight for slavery, fight for liberty!

In the seventeenth chapter of Saint Luke it is written:
– “The kingdom of God is within man.”
Not one man, nor a group of men, but in all men: in you!

You the people have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness. You the people have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure.

Then, in the name of democracy, let us use that power, let us all unite!
Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give you the future and old age and security.
By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power, but they lie. They do not fulfil their promise, they never will. Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people.

Now let us fight to fulfill that promise. Let us fight to free the world, to do away with national barriers, to do away with greed, with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness.

Soldiers! In the name of democracy: let us all UNITE!”

I have, until I heard this, never knew anything or heard anything which espoused my personal belief in human potential, in human virtue, in the strength of what is good in humanity in such a clear and focused way. I keep thoughts like these to myself because I fear most people would think I am too optimistic about people, that I don’t recognize what terrible things humans are capable of. I tend to think differently in that regard. I think of what we could do if we harness our energies for good, the same way we harness them for greed or fame or dominance over our fellow man. I will live this way even if no one but me can believe it is possible to harness the good in men. I think of movies today and find them mostly banal, filled with little to stir men’s hearts, but this, this is an anthem worth remembering.

The Incongruence of Man

No man is an island

beware the beast man

Incongruence of Man

A Mouse Trap

by Ruchit Doshi

A mouse looked through  the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package.What  food might this contain? The mouse wondered… he was devastated to  discover it was a mousetrap.

Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse  proclaimed the warning:

There is a mousetrap in the house!
There is a  mousetrap in the house!

The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her  head and said, ‘Mr.Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is  of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it.’

The mouse turned to  the pig and told him, ‘There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap  in the house!’

The pig sympathized, but said, I am so very sorry,  Mr.Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured you are in  my prayers.’

The mouse turned to the cow and said, ‘There is a mousetrap  in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!’

The cow said, ‘Wow, Mr.  Mouse. I’m sorry for you, but it’s no skin off my nose.’

So, the mouse  returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer’s mousetrap .  .. . alone.

That very night a sound was heard throughout the house — like  the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey.

The farmer’s wife rushed to  see what was caught. In the darkness, she did not see it was a venomous snake  whose tail the trap had caught.

The snake bit the farmer’s  wife.

The farmer rushed her to the hospital, and she returned home with a  fever.

Everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the  farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup’s main  ingredient.

But his wife’s sickness continued, so friends and neighbors  came to sit with her around the clock.

To feed them, the farmer butchered  the pig.

The farmer’s wife did not get well; she died.

So many  people came for her funeral, the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide  enough meat for all of them.

The mouse looked upon it all from his crack  in the wall with great sadness.

So, the next time you hear someone is  facing a problem and think it doesn’t concern you,

Remember —- when one  of us is threatened, we are all at risk.

We are all involved in this  journey called life..

We must keep an eye out for one another and make an  extra effort to encourage one another.

Remember, each of us is a vital thread in another person’t tapestry; our lives are woven together for a reason. One of the best things to hold onto in  this world is a FRIEND!!!

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1. The Incongruence of Man

How can a monster be so magnificent in all that he does?
When creating, masterpieces are born, timeless,
works of art, visions of design, ripped from Logos itself.
When he destroys he rivals Shiva and Kali, ending the existence,
of one and all, with only monuments to ever speak of regret.

How do we reconcile this creature, fearfully made,
fearfully led, fearfully cowering in its own darkness?
Seeking validation, finding none, like the fallen Morningstar
destroying to facilitate a semblance of power, of control
flailing against a universe where no control truly exists?

This is the madness, the dissonance, the incongruence of Man.
Forever seeking, never finding, never willing to understand
that what he seeks, he already has, all he must do is turn to another
and ask.

— John Nox

2. No Man is an Island

These famous words by John Donne were not originally written as a poem – the passage is taken from the 1624 Meditation 17, from Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions and is prose. The words of the original passage are as follows:

John Donne
Meditation 17
Devotions upon Emergent Occasions

“No man is an iland, intire of it selfe; every man is a
peece of the Continent, a part of the maine; if a clod
bee washed away by the Sea, Europe is the lesse, as well
as if a Promontorie were, as well as if a Mannor of thy
friends or of thine owne were; any mans death diminishes
me, because I am involved in Mankinde; And therefore
never send to know for whom the bell

You can enjoy other famous literary poems at Famous Poems Online

3. Planet of the Apes

Despite the fact the movies were by today’s standards of science fiction less than perfect, there were occasional moments of terrible brilliance within them. This line, more than anything else in the movie, has never left me.

“Beware the beast man, for he is the devil’s pawn. Alone among God’s primates, he kills for sport, or lust or greed. Yes, he will murder his brother to possess his brother’s land. Let him not breed in great numbers, for he will make a desert of his home and yours. Shun him. Drive him back into his jungle lair: For he is the harbinger of death.”

The Twenty-third Scroll, Ninth Verse, “Planet Of The Apes”

This quote was found on Cool Quotes Collection.com.

4. Chinese Anti-terrorist Exercise

In this photo released by the official Xinhua news agency, members of China’s armed police demonstrate a rapid deployment during an anti-terrorist drill held in Jinan, east China, on Wednesday July 2, 2008, roughly one month ahead of the Beijing Olympic Games. (AP Photo/Xinhua/Fan Changguo)