Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity—one of the two pillars of modern physics. He lived from 1879 to 1955. In 1921, he received the Nobel Prize in physics. While Einstein was visiting the United States in 1933, Adolph Hitler came into power. Because he was a Jew, Einstein did not return to Germany, and subsequently, in 1940, he became a US citizen.
On the eve of the Second World War, Einstein endorsed a letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, alerting him to the potential of extremely powerful bombs of a new kind. He recommended that the United States begin similar research, which eventually led to the Manhattan Project. Einstein supported the Allies, yet generally denounced the idea of nuclear fission as a weapon. He signed the Russell-Einstein Manifesto with British philosopher Bertrand Russell, which highlighted the danger of nuclear weapons.
According to an article in UPLIFT (December 16, 2015), Einstein wrote the following:
If we want to improve the world we cannot do it with scientific knowledge but with ideals. Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Gandhi have done more for humanity than science has done. We must begin with the heart of man—with his conscience—and the values of conscience can only be manifested by selfless service to mankind. Religion and science go to together.... I have faith in the universe, for it is rational. Law underlies each happening. And I have faith in my purpose here on earth. I have faith in my intuition, the language of my conscience, but I have no faith in speculation about Heaven and Hell. I’m concerned with this time—here and now.
In other words, Einstein was a peacemaker from beginning to end—a perspective with which I whole-heartedly agree. It is my hope I can contribute elements of peace to this beautiful earth. From your perspective, Dear Reader, do you think it important to work to actively create peace, or does this kind of effort turn you off? What ways do you already, or would you like to, bring more peace to your personal existence and the world at large? If you feel resistance to this endeavor, can you explore why and where that might come from? As always, all comments are welcome!