Albert Einstein was not just a great scientist; he was a philosopher. This man envisioned the human race moving past the primal hatreds and violence we cling to out of ignorance and fear, and he saw humankind freeing ourselves from emotions that impel a troubled young man to murder six people and wound 13—in a slaughter of innocents. Albert Einstein envisioned us as the evolved humans we can become, and in his words that vision lives on.
“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.”
Albert Einstein on Humankind