Although my wife is my soulmate, she is not a big fan of Fb. Therefore, she surprised me by including the Einstein blog in her “Top 5.” She is intrigued that such a brilliant man had to struggle with his faith in the unknowable. She feels that his courageous comments are a timely challenge for June Grads and Dads to “open their eyes,” hopefully avoid spiritual death and overcome their “dull faculties.” Pretty provocative stuff ;o).
I am amazed that he was not blinded by hyper-ego and was intellectually honest enough to admit the limits of science. He was referring to leading a spirit-filled life by actively seeking the source of the “Highest Wisdom,” and most “Radiant Beauty.”
Although he died before the stained glass window in San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral was installed in his memory, I am certain that he would have quietly celebrated the honor. He soared above sectarian bickering and religious dogma and dedicated his life to the search for universal truth, beauty and goodness. Although he became one of the world’s greatest scientists, perhaps his greatest achievement may have been as a deeply compassionate humanitarian.
Einstein belongs to a pantheon of scientists, who were also men of faith, and include:Louis Agassiz, Isaac Newton, Galileo, Charles Darwin, Henry Thoreau, John Muir, Loren Eiseley, Johanes Kepler, Robert Boyle, Nicholas Copernicus, Sir Francis Bacon, Rene Descartes, Blaise Pascal, Michael Faraday, Gregor Mendel, William Kelvin and Max Planck.
John Muir described men like these as great visionaries whose thoughts and deeds have moved the world. Indeed, they were major contributors in shaping Western Civilization.
It has been said that we are judged by the company we keep and these men invited Biodesigners to stand on their shoulders to see visions, marvels and wonders that they could not have imagined or experienced on their own.