Monday, March 22, 2010

Einstein quote reflection

"There are only two ways to live your life. 
One is as though nothing is a miracle.  The other is as though everything is a miracle."

Of the numerous quotations and sayings of Einstein, this is perhaps the most famous and influential. This may be because it is indicative of the human condition and because it so genuinely expresses the contrast between optimism and pessimism. Einstein points out one of the greatest internal conflicts that humans face almost every day in their decisions. This decision is how they decide where to place their mind-set and goals, as well as creating and building hope and determination for a brighter future, and a longer, happier life.
If you look at life, it is truly precious.  To look at life in a negative fashion causes no good things. People only have one life to live, and why should they waste time brooding on the negative aspects of it. People sometimes don’t realize that they have “one life” and each day should be spent wisely. Einstein is trying to tell people that you have to “enjoy the little things” to truly achieve happiness. He is saying that is you treat every small occurrence and victory as something truly great, you will learn to appreciate the big things even more while also increasing your overall vigor and spirit.
            Einstein was not only a physicist; he was a great philosopher as well.  Einstein is overlooked usually as just one of the most brilliant minds of the 20th century. His personality was very deep and people can learn a great deal from his sayings and work. Einstein was the “whole package.” He was able to break barriers in the scientific and mathematical worlds, as well as create life lessons that can change people’s minds and attitudes in a positive direction.

"Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world."

Though Einstein said many influential things that have been recorded in history, this quote is one of his most well known and it is one that I think puts in perspective the importance of being yourself and being a free thinker. In this quote einstein is basically saying that if you are creative and inquisitive knowledge will come along with it. He is basically trying to say that though knowledge is important, it is less important than boundless creativity and imagination.What he is really saying is that our knowledge is limited, and that Imagination is the key to unlocking limitless knowledge.

1 comment:

  1. Great, very well written reflections!
    You really took this assignment to a higher level!
    I agree with you about not overlooking the "small things", more often than not we get tangled in lots of activities and fail to realize what is really important.
    Thank you for sharing your insights, I have learned a lot from you this year!