1955-04-18 Princeton, USA / It is time to Go / Es ist Zeit zu Gehen / È hora de Ir / Es tiempo de Irse

I want to go when I want. It is tasteless to prolong life artificially. I have done my share, it is time to go. I will do it elegantly.

Einstein refused surgery and died in Princeton Hospital early in the morning of 17th of April 1955 at the age of 76, having continued to work until near the end on the draft of a speech he was preparing for a TV appearance commemorating the State of Israel’s seventh anniversary.

Einstein’s political view was in favor of socialism and critical of capitalism. Einstein did not believe in a personal God who concerns himself with fates and actions of Human beings, a view which he described as naïve.

He clarified however that, ‘I am not an atheist’, preferring to call himself an agnostic, or a ‘deeply religious nonbeliever’. When asked if he believed in an afterlife, Einstein replied, ‘No. And one life is enough for me.’

I believe that Gandhi’s views were the most enlightened of all the political men in our time. We should strive not to use violence in fighting for our cause, but by non-participation in anything you believe is evil.

Einstein had two passions. One was science, to which he dedicated most of his time, the other was peace, to which he was committed all his life. Both passions involved journeys of discovery.

When the two paths met, one of the great problems was exposed, of how responsible are scientists for the consequences of their discoveries.

Scientists are responsible for both the impacts they intend and some of the impacts they do not intend. Scientists can no longer hope naively that people will only use science for the public good.

The World will always have the mentally unbalanced, the delusional, the vicious, and the sociopathic members of Society, who will also be intelligent enough to use the results of science.

Einstein was not responsible for the use of his E=mc2 equation to build an atomic bomb and its use in wartime, though the scientists at Los Alamos were,

We are concerned not merely with the technical problem of securing and maintaining peace, but also with the important task of education and enlightenment.

Without such freedom there would have been no Shakespeare, no Goethe, no Newton, no Faraday, no Pasteur, and no Lister.

Science has provided the possibility of liberation for Human beings from hard labor. When the ideals of humanity are war and conquest, those tools become as dangerous as a razor in the hands of a child of three.

We must not condemn man’s inventiveness and patient conquest of the forces of nature because they are being used wrongly and disobediently now.

The fate of humanity is entirely dependent upon its moral development.

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