May 30, 2020


About a month before his own death, Einstein wrote the following in a letter to the family of his good friend Michele Besso who had just died:

"Now he has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me. That means nothing. People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion."

Why did he write that? What is the meaning of this statement??? Do I have to be a genius in physics to know the meaning?? But when I think about it, hey, maybe I can understand it without having to be a physicist.

Imagine there are 4 persons: A, B, C, and D.
  • A lives before B, C, and D.
  • B lives after A, before C and D.
  • C lives after A and B, before D.
  • D lives after A, B, and C, etc.
In A's perspective: He/she lives now. B, C, and D live in the future.
In B's perspective: He/she lives now. A lives in the past. C and D live in the future.
In C's perspective: He/she lives now. A and B live in the past. D lives in the future.
In D's perspective: He/she lives now. A, B, and C live in the past.

For A, B, C, D, the past, present and future depend on who the person is.
Is there a past, present, and future in The Almighty? The Almighty is past, present and future.

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