A New Face On Einstein

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!

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5 Responses to A New Face On Einstein

  1. Rick says:

    It’s odd how the human mind works. It can only hold so much, you can only be so smart before common sense and sanity fly out the window. Not many are blessed with sanity and brilliance like me. Oh, and by the way I have a couple stipulations for you… haha, j/k

  2. Grace says:

    Wow…so we learn the truth about Albert Einstein…I’ve never been a big fan anyways because I can’t guess his riddles that supposedly define a genius:)

  3. bchallies says:

    New information for me, but not really surprising. I wonder how many very powerful non-Christian men have anything like a Biblical understanding of monogamy.

  4. bchallies says:

    I don’t know why you are so surprised at Einstein’s moral failures. He was just being consistent with his articulation of the general theory of relativity!Dad

  5. Anonymous says:

    Please don’t take this the wrong way, because this fact was new to me, I was moved by this post and it’s completely true that divorcing and moving on are unbiblical. But absolutes apply everywhere, not just to dead Germans…so I have to ask: Does this “absolute” apply to Christian Men ™ like one R. Reagan, N. Gingrich, etc. as well, or are double-standards appropriate (like, it’s OK to divorce as long as you don’t marry another, or don’t obviously carry on an affair, etc.?)Again, no disrespect…I just need to flesh out the entire application of this post to my current political heroes who also struggled with the Einsteinian burden.

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