Einstein on Religion

“A man who is convinced of the truth of his religion is indeed never tolerant. At the least, he is to feel pity for the adherent of another religion but usually it does not stop there. The faithful adherent of a religion will try first of all to convince those that believe in another religion and usually he goes on to hatred if he is not successful. However, hatred then leads to persecution when the might of the majority is behind it.
In the case of a Christian clergyman, the tragic-comical is found in this: that the Christian religion demands love from the faithful, even love for the enemy. This demand, because it is indeed superhuman, he is unable to fulfill. Thus intolerance and hatred ring through the oily words of the clergyman. The love, which on the Christian side is the basis for the conciliatory attempt towards Judaism is the same as the love of a child for a cake. That means that it contains the hope that the object of the love will be eaten up…”

– Albert Einstein letter to Letter to Rabbi Solomon Goldman of Chicago’s Anshe Emet Congregation

ref: Einstein’s God (1997), Albert Einstein, Wikiquote.

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Tell someone you love them today.

Tell someone you love them today

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Dead And Forgotten. Roland Louis Hansen Eulogy and Obituary. Toledo, Ohio

For many of the the past 50 years, I have reached out to family and friends. I have telephoned, written letters, sent cards, invited extended family to my home on numerous occasions, organized family reunions, hosted gatherings for friends, put together a variety of group functions, joined and accepted leadership roles and even founded community organizations, and with the advent of the internet I created a variety of internet groups (some designed specifically for extended family, others for friends, others yet around special interests). In addition to e-mail, I have used Facebook, Google+, and Twitter in an attempt to seek out personal socialization in real life outside of the cyberworld.

I did those things because I treasure and value family and friends. And yet, it has been the rare exception throughout all these years that family or friends have reciprocated by reaching out to me.

When I retired, my face to face contact with people diminished exponentially as the years passed. It has been quite some time now, and yet I have continuously tried to initiate real life interpersonal socialization, but, all to no avail with few exceptions. Indeed, it is now extremely rare that friends or family even respond to my suggestions that we get together.

It is with my own personal innermost feelings of frustration that I state, “I may as well be dead and forgotten by family and friends.”

You can see the expression of my dismay in the past few months alone in the Twitter Universe:

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Hateful People versus People Who Care

Some people may decide to hate you Ali B MoeBe grateful for the people you trust and who care for you

Do not let the hatred of you that may be flagrantly or clandestinely expressed by others rule your life. For no reason at all, some people may hate you. They do so simply because their low self-esteem perceives your confidence as a threat that brings out their own insecurities.

People who love you, people who care for you, people who are concerned about you, people who accept you: These are the people that give breath to your life, to your existence, to the fiber of your very being. Love them, appreciate them, cherish them. They are the stalwarts of your life, but no matter what cruel happenstance may come to you along the way, remember: You are the master of your fate; you are the captain of your soul.

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Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole

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My Intentions Are Good; But, I’m So Misunderstood

No matter how good my intentions may be, I always seem to get into hot water.
Someone or another is always getting upset with me.
It makes no difference that my intentions are good; try as I may, I am still misunderstood.

It all reminds me of the song by The Animals, Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood.

Baby, do you understand me now?
Sometimes I feel a little mad
But don’t you know that no one alive
Can always be an angel
When things go wrong I seem to be bad

But I’m just a soul whose intentions are good
Oh Lord, please don’t let me be misunderstood

Baby, sometimes I’m so carefree
With a joy that’s hard to hide
And sometimes it seems that all I have do is worry
Then you’re bound to see my other side

But I’m just a soul whose intentions are good
Oh Lord, please don’t let me be misunderstood

If I seem edgy I want you to know
That I never mean to take it out on you
Life has it’s problems and I’ve got my share
And that’s one thing I never mean to do
Because I love you

Oh, Oh, Oh baby don’t you know I’m human
I have thoughts like any other one
Sometimes I find myself long regretting
Some foolish thing, some little simple thing I’ve done

I’m just a soul whose intentions are good
Oh Lord, please don’t let me be misunderstood

Yes, I’m just a soul whose intentions are good
Oh Lord, please don’t let me be misunderstood

I’m just a soul whose intentions are good
Oh Lord, please don’t let me be misunderstood

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Love Me Today. Tomorrow May Be Too Late.

When_I_Die___Love_Me_Today

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