Chapter 10: Choices

Know Thyself

…For the pilgrim who seeks to bind back and is open and free from religious superstition, these extracts from a letter written by Einstein in nineteen fifty four captures the essence of his or her religiosity as one that is free from legality; a religiosity which understands, reveres and values a universe that makes sense, that adheres to an order, follows natural laws and cannot be limited by man-made myths, gender, race, culture or geography. As he put it: “The word god is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honourable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this…. For me the Jewish religion like all others is an incarnation of the most childish superstitions. And the Jewish people to whom I gladly belong and with whose mentality I have a deep affinity have no different quality for me than all other people. As far as my experience goes, they are no better than other human groups, although they are protected from the worst cancers by a lack of power. Otherwise I cannot see anything ‘chosen’ about them.”

The search for meaning, the mysterious, the unprovable, the hypothetical or the illogical is a step we all must take if we are to quench the burning desires of our souls…

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