The Most Meaningful Question: Is the Universe a Friendly Place?
In light of the latest horrific headlines regarding terrorism, ethnic conflict and the mass shooting in Las Vegas, I am reminded of the question supposedly once posed to Albert Einstein regarding the most important query a human being could ever ask him or herself.
“What is the most important question facing humanity today?”, a reporter asked. Einstein most famously replied, “Is the universe a friendly place?”
Some people object to this story, saying it isn’t true and is unlike anything he would ever say. But I challenge anyone who scoffs at this quote to simply ponder the question. Now more than ever is it a most important premise, and if it is or isn’t true, it still does not diminish the fact that if you simply think about it, EVERYTHING is determined by how you answer this question.
Going on, Einstein was purportedly quoted as saying,
“For if we decide that the universe is an unfriendly place, then we will use our technology, our scientific discoveries and our natural resources to achieve safety and power by creating bigger walls to keep out the unfriendliness and bigger weapons to destroy all that which is unfriendly, and I believe that we are getting to a place where technology is powerful enough that we may either completely isolate or destroy ourselves as well in this process. If we decide that the universe is neither friendly nor unfriendly and that God is essentially ‘playing dice with the universe’, then we are simply victims to the random toss of the dice and our lives have no real purpose or meaning. But if we decide that the universe is a friendly place, then we will use our technology, our scientific discoveries and our natural resources to create tools and models for understanding that universe. Because power and safety will come through understanding its workings and its motives.”
Obviously, we don’t want to completely isolate ourselves by creating better technology for protection, thereby destroying ourselves in the process. And it can’t be that all reality is decided by just a random toss of the dice, because then we have no purpose.
It’s really very simple. The Universal law attributed to Hermes, “As above, so below, as within, so without” harkens to the same theory Einstein was allegedly referring. What you believe and feel in your heart is what you give out to the world. What you give out to the world is what you in return will receive.
I will always live in a friendly universe no matter how imposing the headlines may be. I ache for the inhumanity we can reap upon others, but I don’t distance myself from it, and I realize that we are all connected as long as we survive on this one planet we call home.
Take the time to do a healing love meditation and send it out into the world. Also, now would be a perfect opportunity to reap all the benefits of malasana pose. Malasana is grounding and brings on calmness. From this place of centeredness, we can better realize our responsibility to others through ourselves.
As a mindful person, you may already know intellectually that yoga and meditation are extremely beneficial to humanity. But it’s always a good reminder that it is in the action of actually performing these rituals that we can escape the mental trap of negativity.
So yes, some may dubiously deny that Einstein revealed a karmic view of the world in the answer to this question. Nonetheless we are all one, and we are all in love. We are all the same, and we are all connected. But it’s how you give this out into the world that means everything.