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I like this quote for many reasons. Einstein realizes intelligence doesn’t equate wisdom nor moral responsibility. He also realizes that the refined path requires a higher level of understanding and that it isn’t an easy path to take. Self-reflection as a habit of lifestyle, for example, is sometimes very difficult, but is essential to reaching new levels of consciousness and understanding.
When it comes to international politics and economies, governments, and corporations, it sure is easy to keep building things bigger and expanding with focus on growing profits and no real thought about sustainability or consistent moral integrity. It would be a lot harder and a lot more challenging if we were all committed to building these modern industries in ways that were environmentally sustainable and beneficial to the human body and spirit, as well as all the plants, animals, insects, and even microorganisms we share this planet with – rather than the opposite.
This is a topic I feel rather strongly about because it’s something that pervades every aspect of our lives, from the food we eat, to the lifestyles we live, to the consumables we purchase, to the laws, regulations, and political activities that affect our daily lives.
Be courageous. Keeping a spirit of peacefulness and unconditional love to everything around you may be ridiculed as ‘hippy’ nonsense (especially for men, and I use this word specifically because a lot of people have used it to describe me), but it actually requires a great stability of mind and spirit – there is nothing laughable or weak about being peaceful and caring, there is strength and wisdom.