12/9/08

To Whom, For Freedom?

I agree with Scott Gilbreath. This quote from Albert Einstein is relevant to today. Eerily so.


“Being a lover of freedom, when the revolution came in Germany, I looked to the universities to defend it, knowing that they had always boasted of their devotion to the cause of truth; but, no, the universities immediately were silenced. Then I looked to the great editors of the newspapers whose flaming editorials in days gone by had proclaimed their love of freedom; but they, like the universities, were silenced in a few short weeks. …

“Only the Church stood squarely across the path of Hitler’s campaign for suppressing truth. I never had any special interest in the Church before, but now I feel a great affection and admiration because the Church alone has had the courage and persistence to stand for intellectual truth and moral freedom. I am forced thus to confess that what I once despised I now praise unreservedly."



We've come a ways down the same road, and yet alarms are being ignored by the vast majority. What is it about human nature that allows a civilization to ignore its own decline?

Selfishness. The main thrust of secular humanism.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

You need to be more questioning of your history: Einstein never said that, it's a misrepresentation, and its silly and illogical to boot: he purportedly claims to have once "dispised" something in which he also "never had any special interest."

lwestin said...

If you follow the link, you will find that that quote was taken from a Time Magazine story.

As he was a Jew, although by his description 'agnostic', I hardly think he held no interest in Christianity, especially in the context of the quote you refer to.