Some Brain, Some Ego

World changing brilliance mixed with genuine humility. Can any of us name a single person alive who does that?  To be clear, I’m talking about a combination of gifts and personal behavior that results in an appearance to the public at large as being balanced. Steve Jobs was brilliant, in my view, but everything you read about him drives you far away from concluding he had a discernible measure of humility. Forget sports figures. Forget virtually every movie and television personality you can think of. Politicians? Maybe but I can’t spot one anywhere in my extensive reading of domestic and international affairs.

Is it gone, that ability to balance? Or even the ability to be naturally humble? In awe of life? This struck me last week when I read an article that Albert Einstein’s theory of gravity was recently put to the test. The man died 58 years ago. Scientists are still trying to figure him out. There’s no arguing his impact on life here on Earth and also in the Universe. Read the last line of the article and you’ll know why I asked that question in the first line of this post. An instrument of life, of all that exists and existed. That’s humility. We can always learn something by examining the way people who were here long before us thought and behaved.

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If only Albert knew

What is one to make of the news that Albert Einstein may have been wrong about the theory of special relativity? Since that theory was developed over a hundred years ago and has been put to the test constantly since, it has become so ingrained in our subconscious that to consider it may be wrong is, well,… wrong.

Researchers at the CERN (you know, that massive underground particle accelerator in the Swiss Alps some people felt would turn the Earth into a black hole) have recorded some sub-atomic particles traveling faster than the speed of light. What? Think of the excitement for the big brains at NASA, MIT, and Fedex.  Lots of possibilities.

Actually, I’m relieved for CERN that they may be on to something big.  So much money poured into that venture from so many nations on such great promise and so little evidence.  For those of us who have been waiting for decades to see some major shift in the universe, this is a red letter day.  Too bad it was announced on the same day Facebook announced its new features, including timeline.