There was this interesting item that was posted on the web regarding a bundle of letters written by Albert Einstein, the Jewish scientist whose formulation led to the invention of the Atomic Bomb. Accordingly, numerous correspondences were given to his daughter Lieserl. As arranged, the instruction of the father to daughter was to turn over his letters to the Hebrew Library in Israel once he passed away and with a request from the writer himself that it should not be published after two decades from the date it was delivered. Or so it seems.
The famous scientist died last April, 1955 and since it has been more than the required request, the letters were finally encrypted for possible publication. And there was this specific letter which has gone viral after its content leaked on cyberspace.
And it was truly a revelation, coming as it were from the man who gave a formula which gave the physics world a tremendous lift in understanding the universe. Albert Einstein not only became an instant celebrity but was adjudged as the most brilliant scientist in the planet and the most respected genius that ever graced civilization.
He wrote: “There is an extremely powerful force that, so far, science has not found a formal explanation to. It is a force that includes and governs all others, and is even behind any phenomenon operating in the universe and has not yet been identified by us. This universal force is LOVE.”
This concept of course is to be differentiated from another concept of another genius, Sigmund Freud, who postulated several decades past that sex is the most powerful force of every living thing, foremost of which is mankind. Something of that sort. Einstein’s love definitely is not the same as what Freud earlier understood.
Centuries before them, Jesus of Nazareth proclaimed in his ministry not the force of Love but its beauty. He was held and punished as a consequence. Christianity and almost all spiritual movements replicated the message thereafter and Love becomes a central theme, although as yet to be fully applied and understood.
Einstein clarified this further: “When scientists looked for a unified theory of the universe they forgot the most powerful unseen force. Love is Light, that enlightens those who give and receive it. Love is gravity, because it makes some people feel attracted to others. Love is power, because it multiplies the best we have, and allows humanity not to be extinguished in their blind selfishness. Love unfolds and reveals. For love we live and die. Love is God and God is Love.”
But for ordinary mortals, whether love is spoken in a profound philosophical or scientific explanation or in connotation with biological configuration, it remains an important influence. In literature, a story without love is no story at all. In some societies, there was this belief that man gives love to get sex, woman gives sex to get love. Most wars are waged because there were no compelling dramas of love.
Love is never simple but comprehensive. It can be seen as conditional or unconditional, repentant or unrepentant, divine or lustful, platonic or licentious. Whatever.
Wherever it is quoted, Love seems to conquer every background.
Einstein, although in his letter to his daughter was saddened not to have expressed it well, emphasized the forceful power of Love. He said, “This force explains everything and gives meaning to life. This is the variable that we have ignored for too long, maybe because we are afraid of love because it is the only energy in the universe that man has not learned to drive at will.”
Simply put, for as long as there is Love, man will live happily and will be remembered eternally.