The Value of a Human Being
- A human being is part of the whole called
by us universe, a part limited in time and
space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts
and feelings as something separate from the
rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness.
This delusion is a kind of prison for us,
restricting us to our personal desires and
to affection for a few persons nearest to us.
Our task must be to free ourselves from the
prison by widening our circle of compassion to
embrace all living creatures and the whole of
nature in its beauty. The true value of a human
being is determined by the measure and the sense
in which they have obtained liberation from the
self. We shall require a substantially new manner
of thinking if humanity is to survive.
(Albert Einstein, 1954)