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Everything is well reasoned up to two thirds into the essay where out of the blue, Einstein springs the following jewel on us:

"Man can find meaning in life, short and perilous as it is, only through devoting himself to society."

Really?

You are going to assert this with no proof?

Once you start with a flawed premise all subsequent argument is garbage. This essay was a sad day for an otherwise brilliant man.




Well the "jewel" you point out was merely the conclusion of the paragraph is was in; it's hardly mentioned again throughout the rest of the essay. Furthermore, he's pretty consistent in laying out that these are merely his thoughts and interpretations regarding the matter; I don't think it's necessary that he prove all of his statements. He merely lays out what he believes is a logical progression which culminates in the final conclusion that a capitalist society is not sustainable, and that a socialist society would be better for people in general.

I thought it was an interesting read, and it articulated thoughts I've had regarding the same issue for a while now.




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