Rick and I watched a documentary today on Albert Einstein, popularly hailed as the genius withthe crazy white hair and The Father of the Atomic Bomb. I’ve seen his picture above chalk boards in math classes as a means of inspiration, on coffee mugs, etc…basically we all know his face and it is difficult to believe the man could be anything but a harmless and eccentric old scientist.
I was surprised to learn Einstein may have been fiercely devoted to science and finding new discoveries but being a great husband and father was dead last on his list of priorities.
He married his first wife after a long “courtship” in which they had a child who was quickly adopted (or so researchers think although there is no absolute proof) because to keep her would have ruined Einstein’s hopes for future fame by coloring his reputation. Once married, he became obsessed with his scientific studies and totally neglected his wife. Even when his two sons were born, he showed no interest in his family, choosing to have numerous extra-marital affairs instead and even wrote up stipulations for his wife such as that she couldn’t set foot in his office at any time and had to sleep in a separate room because he wasn’t attracted to her anymore. He later divorced her in favor of having a relationship with his cousin. He hardly ever saw his sons after the divorce and apparently his older son once said his father chose to show interest in everything else except him.
We can look up to a man like Einstein for his passionate determination and total devotion to the causes for which he labored but I have concluded his personal life mars any true and lasting claims to greatness. He left those who loved him most for wine, women and the applause of the world. He probably thought he had attained absolute fulfillment in his lifetime but he could not have been more fooled. It’s depressing to see how many “great” men gain the world but forfeit their souls!