THE WORLD AS I SEE IT: an essay by Albert Einstein


How strange is the lot of us mortals! Each of us here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he sometimes thinks he senses it. But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people. First of all for those upon whose smiles and well being our own happineess is wholly dependent, and then for the many unknown to us, to whose destinies we are bound by the ties of sympathy. A hundred times everyday I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labour of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in thesame measure as I have received and am still receiving…”

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