Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Einstein quote

I come across good quotes all the time, but this one just struck a chord in me that made me want to share it.

"The most important decision we make is whether we believe we live in a friendly or hostile universe." - Albert Einstein



Enjoy your next breath,

Bp

19 comments:

Tate said...

hmmmmm
that comes and goes for me i think

Bpaul said...

Good one to sit with I tell you, it's great.

CtheG said...

oh my that is good food for thought.
Had to admit a few things to myself.
that's never fun.

Bpaul said...

AFOFG baby :-)


I like that he says it is a decision. Love that actually.

Stu Farnham said...

Hmmmm, what about indifferent?

The existential point of view can either be depressing or liberating (which is also a choice)

Bpaul said...

I think indifferent works, but I would wager that when unattended to it goes right into hostile. Just a hunch.

I dated a girl once (young lady, rather) who was a devout existentialist, and her line was "why do all these existentialists whine all the time. If nothing means anything, that means you can do anything, that's rad!"

Thinking about these things is where I came up with my line "Camus is a pussy."

LOL

Stu Farnham said...

For me, the existential viewpoint is totally liberating. It means that we are not a priori burdened by external will, whether it be hostile or compassionate. There is neither redemption nor its flip side of sin in such a view -- what matters is what one does moment to moment.

Stu Farnham said...

Perhaps 'neutral' is a less charged term than 'indifferent'. The latter often has an implication of carelessness.

Bpaul said...

I love it when you use "a priori"

go on

(good points btw)

Uncle Fester Farmhand said...

Is that the equivalent of "Oh, Tish, I love it when you speak French!"

Bpaul said...

Ooh, you dogged me on the reference. I actually don't know if it's the equivalent, I don't know what you are referring to.

Do tell.

Kate said...

I think it means you're about to start kissing your way up his arm.....

Bpaul said...

Oh yikes.

....

YIKES.


That is wrong on so many levels I can't even begin to address it LOL.

Bpaul said...

The first level being, I don't have a sasquatch fetish.

and that's just a start LOL.

Fester said...

Bingo, Katye...

Bpaul said...

Actually, that is Kate -- of Canukistan. Lovely friend to the North.

Cat lover and soon-to-be Portland resident, should the planets align.

Kate said...

they damn well better align - I've already given notice at work >.<

Cowtao said...

planets? aligning? you gave notice without consulting??

I jest!

looking forward to meeting you when you gets "here", even tho' I'm officially not 'there' any more. . .

Shocho said...

I never thought about whether the universe was friendly or hostile, and now I'm scared to death all the time. The last thing I need is another inanimate object hostile towards me. Thanks a lot, Albert.