“All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man’s life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom.” – Albert Einstein
This quote may elicit a mixed reaction from many people because ‘freedom’ is a word that means different things to different people.
Here as the Einstein quote proclaims, freedom can mean transcendence—transcending the baseness of the human experience to honor our higher philosophical and intellectual aspirations.
OR… in the broader meaning, freedom can simply mean having the liberty to do as one wishes.
Right now to me FREEDOM means the ability to slowly regain the use of my right hand to live independently again—to do what I was once capable of doing prior to this broken wrist.
It’s true that all meaning in our lives is often relative to our personal experience of it, but for this particular quote he’s asking that we take an overview perspective on life in general—an overview of how and why we live our lives in this plane of existence and to understand that whatever is beyond our physical capacity is still very much an aspect of our total life experience. Broken wrist or not, it doesn’t change how I choose to view the world around me or to consider my place in it.
When mythic faith (religion), aesthetic expressions (arts) and factual documentation (science) all branch from the same tree, there’s a very good reason to more closely examine that tree’s trunk and root system to see how those vastly different fruits all grew from the same single source that originally fed them.
That is how we honor our limited time on this earth—by more closely examining the totality of the human experience.