Words: Albert Einstein “Widening Our Circles Of Compassion…”

In a letter to a grieving father, Albert Einstein shared his thoughts on the human disconnect between the narrow “universe” we are imprisoned in and “Universe” of nature we need to “widening our circles of compassion” to live in:

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us “universe”, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated 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 circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
     ― Albert Einstein
widening our circles of compassion


(1879 – 1955)

Husband, father, naturalized US citizen
Developed Theory of Relativity
Nobel Prize for physics 1921
Physicist, theorist, inventor, office clerk
Peace and civil rights activist, NAACP member


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