The Ultimate Values of Human Civilization
These days Albert Einstein would have turned 137. No one ever has been so intensely associated with the genius thinking.
Is it for his Theory of Relativity – an achievement in science that radically changed the way we understand space, time and physical world?
Or is it for his deep understanding of the meaning of science itself, and the consequences science is potent to bring on humanity, as stated in the Russell–Einstein Manifesto? Then it was about the nuclear bomb, and that is still valid.
Today, excited by the Artificial Intelligence breakthrough, we are in the similar discussion, and with the same problem: has human morality and political thinking advanced enough to cope with the crucial discrepancy between contemporary political systems and the huge technological powers we already have in our arms?
Einstein did not answer that question.
A Genius, he just went beyond the meaning of science, and pointed the way to the ultimate values of human civilization:
“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 feeling 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.”