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Quote Of The Week – 10/14/09

October 14, 2009

The unknown has been in my consciousness lately and both of these quotes rang out to me. Unable (or maybe unwilling) to decide between them, I have decided to post them both:

“Strange is our situation here upon earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to a divine purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: That we are here for the sake of others…for the  countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy. Many times a day, I realize how much my outer and inner life is built upon the labors of people, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received.”

~ Albert Einstein (Physicist)

“All nature is but art, unknown to thee; All chance, direction, which thou canst not see; All discord, harmony not understood; All partial evil, universal good; And spite of pride, in erring reason’s spite, One truth is clear, Whatever is, is right”

~ Alexander Pope (English Poet)


2 Comments leave one →
  1. clarkscottroger permalink
    October 21, 2009 6:17 am

    Put me down for a vote for that Pope guy.

    Not that Albert does not have his feces organised, but we all know that it is not the facts but the feeling.

    (Sure the engineers out there will be screaming, ‘try to build a bridge based on feelings, go ahead we dare you!’)

    But to wax a bit philosophical (theres a shocker), they would not have a place or a reason to build a bridge if there were not a social context (in which to build it.)
    The empirical, I would submit, is a subset of the total, not different from/in paralell to.

    A part of the whole.


  2. October 21, 2009 3:41 pm

    Regarding the Einstein quote, I would say that it does present the feeling, the total, and whole, particularly in this line:

    “That we are here for the sake of others…for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy.”

    The “others” is that social context upon which the building occurs, and within that context is the connectedness of feeling (the “bond of sympathy”), making up the whole of “here”.

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