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Sunday, May 18, 2008

Genuis


This was the first piece of news that put a smile on my face for a long time.

A letter by Albert Einstein was sold in a London auction for over 400,000 dollars.

The letter illustrates Einstein's views on religions.

It was a letter he wrote to a friend in very simple and straight forward words.

The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honourable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this.


Einstein, who was Jewish and had declined an offer to be Israel's second president, also rejected the idea that the Jews are God's favoured people.

For me the Jewish religion, like all others, is an incarnation of the most childish superstitions. And the Jewish people to whom I gladly belong and with whose mentality I have a deep affinity have no different quality for me than all other people. As far as my experience goes, they are no better than other human groups, although they are protected from the worst cancers by a lack of power. Otherwise I cannot see anything 'chosen' about them.


The sooner religion followers realize this the better for the whole world. It is sad that billions of people still follow blindly their religious leaders despite the fact that anyone who spends his life studying theology is neither intelligent nor slightly interesting.

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