“How strange is the lot of us mortals! Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he sometimes thinks he senses it. But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people — first of all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness is wholly dependent, and then for the many, unknown to us, to whose destinies we are bound by the ties of sympathy. A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving…
Kindness, beauty and truth are the tripartite structure that holds up this man’s philosophy, this man’s noble quest to not only live life to the fullest, but to bring to the world as much as he sees himself getting from it. He calls upon kinship with likemindedness as his source of psychic energy. “Without the sense of kinship with men of like mind, without the occupation with the objective world, the eternally unattainable in the field of art and scientific endeavors, life would have seemed empty to me. The trite objects of human efforts — possessions, outward success, luxury — have always seemed to me contemptible.”
Who am I interviewing this morning in this reproduction of his short but elegant essay? Who has given us these words and why are they not carved somewhere next to the ten commandments, in our congress or our supreme court. Secular as they are they should offend no one. Yet how God-Like they appear to be. Such a deeply spiritual tone to this contemplation.
Philosophy is just such a kin to theology. And it does not offend the scientific minded.
It is kinship that brings us a feeling of belonging. Once we have been successful at mastering shelter and food, we next need to belong, to feel a part of, to be one with Gaia with the universe and with the people in our lives. The mysteries of connectedness are part of the universal history of mankind. Our thirst for justice and democracy are born out of a deeply experienced need to be in connection with likeness. The essayist that I am interviewing this morning craves a passionate sense of social justice and social responsibility going as far as saying that life without connection is empty. His need for kinship is juxtaposed with his need for isolation and as he describes himself, a lone traveller. Kinship and independence almost seem to be written into what our constitution and declaration of independence should read.
Recently, as I have been grappling with the laws of attraction and their relationship with psychoanalytic drive theory, I have been discovering the truth and beauty in seamlessly buttressing science and art. As I experiment with free flowing psychic energy and its relationship to creation, I am equally amazed by the beauty of a scientific equation. And as I meander through this part of my life with an eye to publishing my process, I am aware that my political leanings are becoming more and more part of how I think through my day. I recently attended a gathering of people studying the law of attraction and one very spiritual woman who is among other things a Buddhist, was scripting about organizing a group of people to confront the injustices and the lack of ethics of the Monsanto Food Distribution Corporation. It was clear that her sense of justice and fairness came from a deeply felt spiritual connection with brothers and sisters suffering needlessly in many parts of our world. Her desire to give back to the community has always been an attractive part of this woman’s position in the world.
Truth through unity or truth through beauty and truth through kindness have as their central seed, the everlasting need to be connected and to protect that connection. The interconnectedness of life is a planetary concern and if the human condition survives to do more it will easily be recognized as a universal concern. The oneness of the life force is subjectively experienced and objectively witnessed. Our inside subjective world has dendrites of connectivity to the world just outside our window.
Our essayist this morning goes on to say: “My political ideal is democracy. Let every man be respected as an individual…” Individual cells connected to form a greater whole, each cell acting independently yet contributing to the vitality of the wholeness, is this not a definition of man. We are born a democratic entity. We are a collection of cells acting for the greater good, it is no wonder that civilization has respected the goals of our shinning city on the hill. We are one with democracy.
Well you might think that I am channeling Walt Whitman, but these thoughts, though very similar in sentiment belong to another well know character of world history. “The really valuable thing in the pageant of human life seems to me not the political state, but the creative, sentient individual, the personality; it alone creates the noble and the sublime, while the herd as such remains dull in thought and dull in feeling.”
I will close this morning’s blog with the concluding paragraph in his own words from his essay titled, “The World As I See It, An Essay By Einstein.”
“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Whoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead, and his eyes are dimmed. It was the experience of mystery — even if mixed with fear — that engendered religion. A knowledge of the existence of something we cannot penetrate, our perceptions of the profoundest reason and the most radiant beauty, which only in their most primitive forms are accessible to our minds: it is this knowledge and this emotion that constitute true religiosity. In this sense, and only this sense, I am a deeply religious man… I am satisfied with the mystery of life’s eternity and with a knowledge, a sense, of the marvelous structure of existence — as well as the humble attempt to understand even a tiny portion of the Reason that manifests itself in nature.”