Introduction: Ella, at “Poets United“, gave us a fun prompt to pick one of Albert Einstein’s quotes and pen a poem that rings true for us.
I have seen Einstein quotes used to support all sorts of silly things and thus my poem. The Einstein quote that inspired my muse is found below this poem. I wager it is a quote you may never have seen.
Einstein wasn’t a Believer
Quotes can be quite deceptive
when you know what you want to hear.
Quotes about “God” aren’t very helpful
if the definition isn’t made clear.
Einstein is a classic example
of a celebrity whose quotes are abused
The religious tell us he too was a believer
For which we know he was not the least bit amused
Einstein used ‘God’ as code for ‘complex order’
not for belief in some higher power
he felt human fantasy created gods for comfort
and miracle prayers were for the naive to devour.
So don’t let aphorisms trick you
or quotes pulled out of context
Cherry-picked lines are tricky
be sure to look for the subtext.
Take care in wanting to believe
and strive to be diligently leery
Seek theories from the evidence
not evidence for your theory.
Einstein valued awe and wonder
not belief in a god of love or fear
But please don’t believe me of course
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by Sabio Lantz, 11/8/12
An inconvenient Einstein quote:
“It was, of course, a lie what you read about my religious convictions, a lie which is being systematically repeated. I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it.”
– Albert Einstein, letter to an atheist (1954),
quoted in Albert Einstein: The Human Side,
edited by Helen Dukas & Banesh Hoffman