June 3, 2012

“You are the Universe becoming aware of itself.” (Your new Desktop Wallpaper)

^ Your new Wallpaper.

“We are a way for the Cosmos to know itself.” ~ Carl Sagan

But that’s not enough! Here’s Einstein, sounding like a Buddhist teacher, talking about self or ego:

“A human being is part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our 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 the 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 by the measure and the sense in which they have obtained liberation from the self. We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if humanity is to survive.”

~ Albert Einstein, 1954.


For one more brilliant video, on the Science of Beauty.

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Stephanie Renaud May 27, 2014 7:57am

Someday enough people will get it. Here's hoping that someday isn't too late.

prakash May 29, 2013 8:13pm

i always adore einstein,a great scientist and a philosopher.

Dina Miller May 7, 2013 9:20pm

This wallpaper has so much win in it that I could easily print it as an actual wallpaper for my room. Thoughts, anyone?

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