A Chat With Einstein

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Dr Einstein also studied time in great logical detail. He could explain complex theories to educated and uneducated.  He gave this explanation to his secretary to give reporters and laypersons that were inquiring to the theory of relativity.

"A man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute.  He sits on a hot stove for a minute, it's longer than an hour.  That is relativity."

A fictitious clever interview

Me:  Dr Einstein,  You have been very famous.  If you could do it all over again would you?

Dr Einstein: "If I would be a young man again and had to decide how to make my living, I would not try to become a scientist or scholar or teacher.  I would rather choose to be a plumber or a peddler in the hope to find that modest degree of independence still available under present circumstances."

Me:  I can definitely sympathize with the amount of burden your work must place on you.  I can understand that unfortunately ignorance is bliss, and even I sometimes wish that I could live as simple a life as a dog.  Let us say that I wanted to be successful?  What words can you offer me?

Dr Einstein: "If A is a success in life, then A equals X plus Z. Work is X; Y is play; and Z is keeping your mouth shut."

Me: I am really glad to see that play is a critical part of the equation to success, but the Z troubles me.  I suppose there is more discretion in your line of work.

Dr Einstein: "If my theory of relativity is proven successful, Germany will claim me as a German and France will declare I am a citizen of the world.  Should my theory prove untrue, France will say I am a German and Germany will declare I am a Jew."

Me:  Wow, you have definitely have made an impact on the world.  I suppose that the theory of relativity is also related to relationships. Perhaps politics is actually the theory of relativity applied to reality.  Why is it that when the mind of a man has stretched so far as to discover the structure of the atom we have been unable to devise the political means to keep the atom from destroying us?

Dr Einstein: "That is simple, my friend.  It is because politics is more difficult than physics."

Me: Haha.. you have a good sense of humor.  So reality is related to relativity how?

Dr Einstein: As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality."

Me:  It would seem that you are one of the smartest guys we know.  Why is your passion so great for math, and not for politics?

Dr Einstein: "Equations are more important to me, because politics is for the present, but an equation is something for eternity."

Me: It is good to have a light conversation with you.

Dr Einstein: "For the rest of my life I will reflect on what light is."

Me:  I am currently writing an article on filtering out what we take into our minds.  The computer terminology GIGO (Garbage In Garbage Out).  Do you have anything to contribute to this?

Dr Einstein: "It is the theory which decides what we can observe."

Me: That is exactly what I am talking about.  For instance, if we believe in something called a conspiracy theory then we will find facts to support our theory.

Dr Einstein: "Man has an intense desire for assured knowledge."

Me:  That is the truth!  But we also must make sure than we are looking in the right places.  There is so much information out on the internet we literally can learn whatever we want, and if we want to believe in aliens there is so much stuff online we could positively convince ourselves anything is true.

Dr Einstein: "Given the millions of billions of earth-like planets, life elsewhere in the universe, without a doubt, does exist.  In the vastness of the universe we are not alone."

Me: Personally I have never seen any.  I am also aware than the eyes believe themselves, but the ears believe others.  I can only take your word for it.

Dr Einstein: "Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one's living at it.  One should earn one's living by work of which one is sure one is capable.  Only when we do not have to be accountable to anybody can we find joy in scientific endeavor."

Me: It is true that when one pays you for your work you are obligated to please them with the results. I find that my recreational writings are more enjoyable to me than projects I endure at work.  Writing is easier for me than coding, but also allows me to express my creative side. I like to remain hopeful that science has our best interest in mind.

Dr Einstein: "Anyone who thinks science is trying to make human life easier or more pleasant is utterly mistaken."

Me:  Well you really crushed my optimism there pal. I really wish I could grasp the concept of your equations better, but math is not my strongest suite.

Dr Einstein: "Do not worry about your difficulties in mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.

Me:  I guess they would be..

Dr Einstein: "Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler."

Me:  Now I can not help but be reminded of Zen philosophy.

Dr Einstein:"If there is any religion that would cope with modern scientific needs it would be Buddhism."

Me:  It is fascinating how you have found so much truth in your quest for knowledge and yet still value the whole.

Dr Einstein: "It would be possible to describe absolutely everything scientifically, but it would make no sense.  It would be without meaning, as if you described a Beethoven symphony as a variation of wave pressure."

Me:  I agree..

Dr Einstein: "But, on the other hand, every one who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that a spirit is manifest in the laws of the Universe - a spirit vastly superior to that of man, and one in the face of which we with out modest powers must feel humble."

Me: This has been a fascinating interview, and we are about out of time.  Do you have any last words to leave us with today?

Dr Einstein: "No path leads from a knowledge of that which is to that which should be."

Me:  Thank you for your imaginary time Dr Einstein.  Your final thoughts really have me thinking about my blog.  Path o Zen.  We make choices all the time based on the knowledge we have.  What if what we thought was fact was in fact not.  What if they are not relevant?

"It is wise for a fool to learn the quotes of wise men."

Sources: The Buddhist Blog, Aliens the Truth, Albert Einstein Quotes

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