Monday, March 18, 2013

Good and Evil

Excerpt from Ideas and Opinions by Albert Einstein

It is right in principle that those should be the best loved who have contributed most of the elevation of the human race and human life. But if one goes on to ask who they are, one finds oneself in no inconsiderable difficulties. In the case of political, and even of religious, leaders it is often very doubtful whether they have done more good or harm. Hence I most seriously believe that one does people the best service by giving them some elevating work to do and thus indirectly elevating them. This applies most of all to the great artist, but also in a lesser degree to the scientist. To be sure, it is not the fruits of scientific research that elevate a man and enrich his nature, but the urge to understand, the intellectual work, creative or receptive. Thus, it would surely be inappropriate to judge the value of the Talmud by its intellectual fruits. 

Albert Einstein | Ideas and Opinions | Amsterdam | 1934
I wonder how many would think this way today. That most people focus on results, targets, numbers, who cares about the approach?


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