Albert Einstein was a pretty smart guy, from what I hear. He understood a lot of things that most people can’t even begin to grasp.
But he also understood some things that seem pretty obvious, even to a simpleton like me. Einstein once said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results.”
I’ve been watching the news a lot lately, and I’m wondering if humans are basically insane.
I’ve noticed that throughout history there have been groups of people who feel oppressed by other groups of people. When that happens, very often group A decides to murder large numbers of innocent civilians in an effort to get themselves more resources/power/freedom/land/oil/gold/trade rights/water rights. I can’t think of a single time in history when the killing of babies and children and old ladies has resulted in an increase in any of these.
And every time group A decides that it’s a good idea to slaughter the children of group B, the inevitable result is that the people in group B decide to slaughter their innocents to make the point that they won’t stand for such barbarous behavior.
This crap has been going on, as far as I can tell, since the dawn of time.
For example, the Palestinian people desperately want a sovereign homeland where they can live in peace and prosperity. A whole bunch of them have been blowing up and shooting and killing innocent Israelis in an effort to get that homeland. Hey, folks! If it hasn’t worked in the past 60 years, why do you think it will suddenly work now? Insanity.
And the Israelis have been bombing, shooting and blowing up whole villages of Palestinians, including women, children and old men, in order to retaliate for all of the violence. Why? Because the Israelis desperately want peace, that’s why!
Yo’, dudes! If striking back harder than they hit you hasn’t bought you peace in the past sixty years, why do you think its going to give you peace now? Insanity, pure and simple.
This lesson was true in Bosnia, in Ireland, in Nicaragua. Its still true in Syria, in Iraq, in Chechnya.
Einstein was a pretty smart guy. I bet he recognized the fact that humans are insane. I bet that’s why he looks so sad in this photo.