Albert Einstein's Mission
As a young boy, Albert Einstein overthrew God as the constant, at least God as explained by man, and began his own quest using new tools. Religion was a series of misleading or false stories, and a hoax, the cruelest kind.
After his loss of faith, Einstein only pretended to live among us. The world is always seen from the point of view of the individual. The challenge for Einstein was not in how one related to family, friends, co-workers and strangers, but how one related to the universe. A person must be able to take in the Big Picture, mentally and spiritually, it dwarfs all else, and makes personal relationships meaningless except in terms of the quest.
In this Einstein was the opposite of Albert Schweitzer, who took the life of Jesus as his paradigm for living, a human being with a divine core who related to the suffering and pain, the joy and humor, of other human beings. Schweitzer found in the particular - the quanta of daily living - the universe.
Einstein puzzled over variance and invariance and "the harmony of the universe." He did this as a poet. Intellectual consideration must be done with words; in the hands of a poet words, quanta, mean much more: they have a hidden energy, belying a source still undiscovered that is glimpsed in the great line and flow of the universe.
Einstein theorized with an image, a visualization. He asked, what would it be like to ride on a beam of light?
What is it like to be a beam of light, coursing straight from God's eye, a divine thread speeding across the universe, one of many weaving the fabric of an ever-changing world in which the thread is constant?
Einstein's quest to map the soul of the universe with theoretical science was bolstered, supported, and meant to be proved by mathematical equations. Still, scientific tests and observations mattered less to him than the cosmological beauty, the religious tone and completeness of the theory. And so he insisted that other theories fit his. Newton's theory of gravity, for instance, was not incompatible, it was incomplete. In the end, he had written a new Bible, with all the visionary and messianic intent of a prophet.