In his personal essay, What I Believe, Albert Einstein stated, “The most beautiful thing is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.” Einstein read this essay as his credo to the German League of Human Rights in late 1932, not long before he formally renounced his German citizenship and began working and teaching in the United States in early 1933. Questioning, exploring, and pushing ourselves beyond our comfort levels leads us to this mysteriousness that Einstein describes. I believe we can find this mystery in our daily lives--walking down a busy city street, reading a book, or talking to a colleague, but we can also find it in the extraordinary parts of our lives--on that long-awaited vacation to a far away place, from an amazing teacher, or through a once in a lifetime opportunity. That being said, we have to always remember to be thinkers; so much of the mystery around us can go unnoticed if we fail to remind ourselves of this. It is through an awareness of this mystery that we will find beauty in all things, natural and unnatural, artistic and scientific, big and small. Einstein’s essay can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.einstein-website.de/z_biography/credo.html
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