Including letters, speeches, articles, and essays written before 1935, this collection offers a complete portrait of Einstein as a humanitarian and as a human being trying to make sense of the changing world around him.
As a world-famous scientist, Einstein already had the attention of millions of people. Thus his style in most of these writings is direct, open and at times earnest. Einstein safely assumes that his opinions will be of interest to readers because of his reputation, so he is careful not to sound condescending. His perspective is entirely global, even cosmic, as he approaches contemporary issues. His writings reveal a refreshing, if somewhat napve, optimism and idealism that no doubt reflects his own spirituality, as well as the less complicated world in which he lived. His status as a brilliant physicist sometimes leads him to propose solutions for human dilemmas that are logical, commonsensical, and probably unworkable because of the vagaries of human nature. One example of this would be the privy council that he proposes to help improve relations between Arabs and Jews in the Middle East. Composed of...
Palestine will be a centre of culture for all Jews, a refuge for the most grievously oppressed, a field of action for the best among us, a unifying ideal, and a means of attaining inward health for the Jews of the whole world.
I had just turned 21, was excited to live life, travel, and experience so many things, but now I've been given a time frame for how long I'll be able to see the world around me. My whole life is changing right before my eyes. I was told that I am not allowed to drive, should refrain from being out when it is dark, and restrict certain foods and drinks in my diet. My parents raised me to be a very independent person. But now I have to be dependent for so many things and limit myself from what I can do.
The negative effects COVID-19 health crisis are not different, if not worse for most people. It has brought the world to a halt with disruptions in every aspect of our social, economic, political and cultural life. Jobs have been lost, businesses have closed, relationships have been strained, and loved ones have departed in a flash. The World bank estimates that 40 to 60 million people are being pushed into poverty globally and the world progress in eliminating extreme poverty will be set back by 3 years. Like any other epidemic, existing inequalities for women and girls and discrimination of other marginalized groups such as persons with disabilities and those in extreme poverty, have worsened. Across the world the pandemic is having serious consequences for democracy, equality, and human rights. However, this is not a time to neglect human rights;it is a time when, more than ever, human rights are needed to navigate this crisis in a way that will allow us, as soon as possible, to focus again on achieving equitable sustainable development and sustaining peace.
Most women have to justify their choice of vocation. Even in this day and age society still believes that the best place for a woman to be is home. While some women are happy to stay at home others would rather be out there changing the world through their calling. Their capacity to change the world should never be underestimated.
Dear Quote Investigator: Our preconceptions can dramatically alter the way we perceive the world. There is a saying attributed to the prominent writer Anaïs Nin that reflects this idea:
It is, then, a matter of sovereign necessity, before we decide on great, and momentous questions, which affect our own happiness, and the peace of the world, to make a wise, and virtuous pause, and review, with an honest severity, those peculiarities of disposition, situation, and education, which may communicate an unfair bias to the mind, and induce us to decide, not as the truth of things is, but as we are ourselves.
It has been well said that we do not see things as they are, but as we are ourselves. Every man looks through the eyes of his prejudices, of his preconceived notions. Hence, it is the most difficult thing in the world to broaden a man so that he will realize truth as other men see it. 781b155fdc