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January 19, 2013

Einstein, on the Meaning of Life.

Einstein: the mindful life isn’t about Perfection, but about caring enough to strive.

“A classic, beautiful quote that I will never stop sharing.”

The below is about interdependence. About compassion. But it could be read by vegan one way, an environmentalist another. Any which way, it’s beautifully, succinctly put—a lighthouse pointing us to true contentment, and away from neverending insecurity and hunger. ~ ed.

A human being is a part of the whole, called by us the “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 his 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. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation, and a foundation for inner security.

~ Albert Einstein

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