I was sipping coffee! And I was doing just that. Nothing else! No thoughts , no dreams , no wonders, no nothing!

I was meditating once. I tried to see my future. I was thinking about the laundry, about the upcoming test, about the weight, well, almost everything!

Such are the ways of mine!

Einstein’s Ideas and Opinions

Lately, I have been reading “Ideas and Opinions” by Albert Einstein. As the title suggests it contains opinions and ideas on various topics ranging from religion, politics, education to the general theory of relativity. Its delightful reading and quite a lot of food fro thought. But what really intrigued me and made me stick to the book was the rationality along with the perfect mix of romanticism with which he looks at the world around it.

And i feel a secret happiness in knowing that I match my views on religion with a person as great as Einstein himself. In the context of religion I think that the world today is thoroughly confused. They do not want to leave the old practices even when they find it unconvincing. The fear of perdition remains. I am quoting the lines which caught my attention below:

The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and 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 in this alone, I am a deeply religious man. I cannot conceive a God who rewards and punishes his creatures, or has a will of the kind that we experience in ourselves. Neither can I nor would I want to conceive of an individual that survives his physical death; let feeble souls , from fear or absurd egoism, cherish such thoughts. I am satisfied with the mystery of the eternity of life and with the awareness and glimpse of the marvelous structure of the existing world, together with the devoted striving to comprehend a portion, be it ever so tiny, of the Reason that manifests itself in nature.