Journal #2: February 11, 2008

Why is it the case that Einstein is right in saying “Numerous are the academic chairs, but rare are wise and noble teachers. Numerous and large are lecture halls, but far from numerous the young people who genuinely thirst for truth and justice.” The interesting thing is Einstein was saying this as a non-Christian. In Intro to Philosophy, Dr. Forsberg is fond of saying that the greatest gift God has given us is our mind. I agree completely with him. What separates us from the animals is our capacity to think and reason, to know “good” from “evil” at a deep psychological level. Why are is it that Christians are just as indifferent in their search for truth and justice as everyone else? I believe that Christ has called us to endeavor towards justice, to be righteously indignant when we are faced with injustice and lies. Einstein’s essay may have been titled “On Academic Freedom,” but I think that he was alluding to a lifelong search for truth and justice. His life, I believe, is characterized by this search.     Einstein in his “Human Rights” essay says that he has not spent his life systematically fighting injustice and suppression, but that when things appeared to him so bad that silence would have made him feel guilty of complicity he spoke out in defiance. The fight for human rights and justice is between man and himself. It is a struggle between a craving for beauty and harmony and his animalistic instincts. I ask, “How hard should we fight for truth and justice?” How much should we be willing to sacrifice, how long should we fight to see injustice righted? To what extents should we be willing to go?
    This class may be about dissecting Einstein’s ethics, but I think more importantly it should be about us finding out own sense of ethics. We need to determine for ourselves if we are willing to fight for truth and justice or are we going to sit complicity and let the world go by filled with evil. I do not believe any person who truly has their eyes opened can be blind to the evils of the world, to the prevalence of lies and injustice of all sorts. Einstein searched for truth of nature, a noble goal, but as Christians is there not a nobler goal? Should we not spend part of our lives constantly fighting to better society, to fight for truth and justice? Christ has called us to love the world. How can we love without fighting to ch .ange what is wrong?