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The True Value of a Human Being

Albert Einstein
“A human being is part of the whole, called by us ‘universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of 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.

The true value of a human being is determined primarily by the measure and the sense in which he has attained liberation from the self. We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if humanity is to survive.”

~Albert Einstein, The World as I See It, 1934

2 responses

  1. How true. For me it is a worthy pursuit to investigate those traditions of learning that reveal to us intimately the true nature of the self, first through intellectual conviction then trough conscious awareness. To apprehend this truth directly one needs a methodology to move beyond the mind with it’s limits and obscures the experiential knowledge out of the reach of thoughts. The mystics and sacred text from many traditions assert what Scientist are studying these days in consciousness exploration. I mean this shit is deep, this field is not to be treaded on without protective gear 😉

    April 10, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    • Sarah

      Well said!

      February 28, 2022 at 8:22 am

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