Einstein on the prison of the senses


‘A human being is part of a whole, called by us “universe”, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings 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 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.’

– Albert Einstein.

One Response to “Einstein on the prison of the senses”

  1.   bruce
    January 19th, 2015 | 10:26 pm

    Compassion, what is it? So many definitions. I like that this seems to be pointing in a similar direction to my current favorite compassion quote, “Compassion does not create the other as a dualized object.” This from a western nonmonastic tibetan lama who is over here in chch once a year or so from his home base in oz.

    So first, i don’t think i can understand what compassion is (in the tibetan buddhist sense) until i understand this quote. What this points to is a self-other definition of compassion is incorrect. What compassion is, must arise from no sense of separation between self and other.