Through Einstein’s Eyes…
06/07/2012 Leave a comment
Albert Einstein is widely recognized by history as “the father of modern physics.” Even as a boy, Einstein saw the entire world differently — with a unique zeal, curiosity, and childlike imagination and enthusiasm that carried him throughout his life. He was inspired by new ideas, by asking questions and finding the answers — of accepting all of life’s mysteries and questing to explore, uncover, and reveal them.
Last March, I wrote a post about the 3 Truths as described in Daniel Millman’s book Way of the Peaceful Warrior. They are the rules to live all life by…Humor, Paradox, and Change. Living in this kind of truth consistently requires the almost immeasurable courage of a great warrior and the innocent fearlessness of a child. In and of itself, this is a paradox.
When you read about Einstein’s life, albeit even briefly — you discover a man who seemed to champion these 3 truths fluently and effortlessly. His life’s work did in fact change the way in which we live and effectively see the world forever. This work is the basis for quantum physics and now sits at the base of many New Age belief systems — suggesting much of his work explains the mysteries of existence and bring us closer to what we widely recognize as “God.”
What did the world look like through Einstein’s eyes? How did light move, how did time feel and spread, what kind of depth and texture did he see and experience in? Beyond the way he saw the physical world, I think equally as fascinating is looking at his experience through his unique life philosophy. Below is a list I read recently of 10 Einstein quotes that give a great preliminary insight into the way he viewed living this life. Again, keep in mind the natural and easy connection to the 3 Truths — and what it is to live life embracing Humor, Paradox, and Change…
1. Follow Your Curiosity “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.”
2. Perseverance is Priceless “It’s not that I’m so smart; it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”
3. Focus on the Present “Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.”
4. The Imagination is Powerful “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions. Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
5. Make Mistakes “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”
6. Live in the Moment “I never think of the future – it comes soon enough.”
7. Create Value “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”
8. Don’t be repetitive “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
9. Knowledge Comes From Experience “Information is not knowledge. The only source of knowledge is experience.”
10. Learn the Rules and Then Play Better “You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.”
How much do you follow your imagination and intuition? How often do you let it shape your reality? Do you have the courage to fail, to focus in on and live in the moment? To thirst and hunger for knowledge and experience? Do you work and love with equal and balanced passion?
These are just some small rules to live by, rules of a life successfully lived in my opinion, and rules that happen to inspire and thrill me. There is a little bit of madness in all success, a need to seek out and solve problems and the internal spark and thrill of competing against others and in the process bettering oneself are qualities that exist preternaturally in all individuals who take on any grand feat, task, or challenge. Coupled with the wherewithal to keep going forward when only you know the road and the only one willing to travel it. It takes a certain kind of individual — one that embraces all that life brings to them — constantly seeking answers, challenging oneself and others — all to change the world in their own special way.
Einstein might say that it takes a shred of madness, a certain kind of courage, a rich sense of humor and a spirited sense of adventure.
It’s a special kind of genius.