October 14, 2012

Childishness and Control

YouTube video posted by movieclips showing 
an excerpt from Paul Thomas Anderson's 
2007 film There Will Be Blood 
starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Dano

As reported by Rebecca J. Rosen in an October 7, 2012 article for the Atlantic titled Einstein Letter Calling Biblical Stories 'Pretty Childish' To Be Auctioned On eBay:

On January 3, 1954 -- one year before his death -- Albert Einstein wrote a letter to Eric B. Gutkind ...

In the letter, Einstein offers some pointed and characteristically brief thoughts on God and religion. In a key passage, he writes:

The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honorable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this. These subtilised interpretations are highly manifold according to their nature and have almost nothing to do with the original text.

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