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Was Einstein Happy?

Was Einstein Happy?

How smart would you like to be? (2 min.)

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Published: June 10, 2006


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Visitor Comments: 7

(7) josie, June 17, 2006 12:00 AM

thank you so much for words of wisdom i need to learn more about how to live with out worrying of everything. josie

(6) Anonymous, June 16, 2006 12:00 AM

For this you need graduate degrees?

Intelligence doesn't necessarily make one smart, as the good rabbi demonstrates in this video. The South Park kids are more insightful.

(5) Daniela, June 15, 2006 12:00 AM

Hmmm.....

Wouldn't it have been nice to have been taught this at Orthodox Hebrew day school...

(4) Joe, June 13, 2006 12:00 AM

What would Avraham Avinu say?

So,you argue that intelligence is supremely over-rated and that what matters is personal happiness?

I suppose the Slaves trecking around Sinai would have been more happy going back to Egypt. They certainly whined enough about doing so! I suppose that there are happy cattle on the way to the schecter too.

Smart and sad, but seeing clearly, is much better in the long run, then being happy and stupid. Why? Because Hashem never promised you things would be easy. He did however give you a big brain to help figure things out.

In fact, don't we frequently argue that Avraham Avinu *deduced* Hashem's existence? Weren't the results of figuring that out hard on him?

By your lack of logic, he should have been a happy idol maker in the family business.

This little pod-cast really was dissapointing. I don't expect anti-intellectual drivel from rabbaim. What will you say the next time a student complains that Gemara is hard?

(3) A, June 13, 2006 12:00 AM

the grateful mind...

wealth and poverty are of the mind!
I was at a business meeting this afternoon and then while walking towards my car I came accross two elderly ladies one of whom I'm acquainted with, and this was just the topic mentioned in both settings, "smarts" and "happiness" are not related nor dependant on eachother... I learned during difficult times in my marriage that 'if I am as smart as I think I am, then it's not my husband's responsability to 'make' me happy... it is entirely up to me'; I then read a positive affirmation in a secular book 'all I ever need is always taken care of' - now I read that in my siddur, and it taught me to live with an attitude of gratitude for EVERYTHING all day long... and so...I found happiness.
May we all chose to live gratefully for ever. "Grace" and "Happy" will follow.

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