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What do these quotes by Albert Einstein mean?


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Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.
I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.
Why did Albert Einstein say this??
Yes, we have to divide up our time like that, between our politics and our equations. But to me our equations are far more important, for politics are only a matter of present concern. A mathematical equation stands forever.
As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.

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1. We are so jaded by our environment, the world around us, that we are likely incapable of having a completely unique and original opinion. All of our opinions are influenced by some part of society.
2.Perhaps he means that by that point we will have destroyed ourselves and the things we have created to the point where we must take up sticks and stones as weapons.
3. Who said or did what in the government, our petty bickering over political parties, etc. will most likely be forgotten in a week, but the equations and proofs of math remain constant.
4. The laws of math are only certain within the world of mathematics. When you try to apply them to people and choices, they are not as concrete and constant.
Hope this helps!

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1. there is no way that a thinking human being would have an opinion on any subject without being influated by his surrounding, history, and other factors. no mater what the subject is, there will always be some connection
2. this is simple, if there will be a WW III, it will lead to a Global destruction with a possible end of all forms of life as we know now, with the amount of weapons of massive destruction present on the earth right now it may even lead to total destruction of the planet, therefore wwIV will be fought by a totally new generation of humans if the planet would stabilize enough to create new life
3. basically politics change every period of time but what is important to you stands for good
4. = reality is not certain and it can not be mathematically defined

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you are defined by your environment and the experiences around you, it is up to you to go outside of your own environment to change them - most ppl cant imagine doing that and define themselves by what they do, so will never understand your opinion or why you do things
the third world war 3 (and there is an unofficial world war going on thru out the world right now, with wars being fought and not acknowledged in lots of placves around the world only a small number are ever given worldwide recognition) will be a 'secret war' after which we will be so disgusted with the results that we will take away all weapons unanimously, never allowing the ppl that used to make them to be able to and use 'sports' as a way to solve our disputes in future - with wars being fought with hockey sticks and stone balls in third world countries if need be
time is not constant, politics is a 'current' problem whereas an equation stands forever unless proved otherwise, even then it can only be refined
there is a mathematical equation for everything but if you spend your life working it out, you will not achieve anything in life - every person that does something affects the equation that you are working on
albert einstein also said 'challenge everything' ;o)

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u can led a horse to water but u can't make it drink