Picked this up in the market yesterday on my lunch break. Very Zen and all man but maybe if you spent a bit more time thinking about the ramifications of developing the pinnacle in human kinds destructive capability some of the most horrendous developments of the 20th century could have been avoided. That’s probably not fair. Maybe he stated this as a by-product of his disillusionment in the post-nuclear world which he contributed to, Einstein always seemed quite melancholic particularly when you look at his most quotable statements. I suppose when you consider the size of intellect he harboured when dealing with his past and the effect of the Manhattan project he probably harboured a sizeable amount of guilt too in that big noggin. Its all relative I suppose(ahem excuse the pun). Einstein not only had a huge effect on the combined destiny of mankind, in regards to what his actions contributed to in the future(our present), the advent of nuclear technologies was not the punctuation mark in his scientific career. It must also be noted that he was one of many scientist involved in the Manhattan project. Einstein created a new paradigm in terms of how we now consider, even from a layman perspective, time and space. In fact Einstein developed theories in regards to time and space’s interrelation that are proving very difficult to disprove, although we are sort of near there.
I can’t really get my head around it though, it’s Sunday morning and after a lovely dinner party last night I am a bit groggy. There is a sense of peace in this statement, “not to worry” I think he meant, in some ways it seems that Einstein only saw doom in the future. In his own life time that perspective must have been proven correct on several occasions. It is doubtful he was born with this inclination of course. I doubt Einstein never thought about the future, present or past or at least not in the simplistic temporal terms we do in the everyday. Time and space, the theory of relativity and then the development of quantum physics(much later), when you consider these things it gets very difficult to consider the future in chronological terms. We can only forecast though, the things we speculate upon in a cosmological sense are minuscule but a shift in traditional thinking can only truly happen with the implementation of subtle changes. Discussion about what we think may happen and indeed what we think in general may produce these changes. Maybe some of these changes may be to the advantage of the species it’s hard to know but its better than turning our backs to what lies ahead.