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Sajak Einstein Mencari Tuhan

|++| Siapakah gerangan insan yang memiliki rambut unik ini? Nampak seperti seorang yang tak pandai mengurus diri, namun sebenarnya beliau merupakan seorang individu yang hebat. Teori matematik seakan bermain guli - seperti kita sewaktu kecil dahulu. Inilah dia Albert Einstein, pakar matematik, juga fizik, dan tak mustahil beliau juga adalah seorang penyair!

Apa yang uniknya tentang Einstein? Keselekehannya? Atau rambutnya? Keupayaannya memikirkan segala macam teori beserta rumus itu tak perlulah dipanjangkan kerana memang itu kemahirannya. Dan yang terpaling penting setiap penemuannya dalam bidang sains dan teknologi menjadi bualan pada zamannya. Namun, beliau juga merupakan salah seorang tokoh yang tertolak di mata bangsa, dan teknokrat agamanya sendiri iaitu Nasrani (Kristian). Kerana apa? Jawapannya mudah: kerana Einstein sering melemparkan kritikan terhadap gereja dan kepada sekalian doktrin-doktrin yang dianggap berlanggar dengan fikir rasionalnya. Menurut Einstein, gereja telah melakukan kesalahan besar dengan mengangkat konsep ketuhanan yang tak masuk dek akal.

Dan dengan ini aku menganggap bahawa Einstein juga seorang pencari - pencari Tuhan. Semasa hayatnya, Einstein meladeni Thalmud (Taurat) dengan begitu cermat sekali (kerana Yahudi merupakan susur keturunannya), sementara meladeni Injil dalam Katolik pula sebagai misi mencari Tuhan yang sebenarnya. Namun, sepanjang hidupnya mempelajari kedua-dua kitab ini tetap tidak berjaya menemukan jalan ketuhanan yang relevan pada jalan fikirannya. Dari aku terus bersembang panjang, adalah lebih baik diteruskan sahaja - terimalah 'Sajak Einstein Mencari Tuhan' yang kebetulan aku temukan sebaik sahaja mengajukan sebuah persoalan kepada seorang rakan di luar negara.

Michael R. Burch berkata:
Albert Einstein was undoubtedly a poet. The poetry of Albert Einstein is merely another aspect of his genius. The following poems are comprised of quotations of Albert Einstein's that I combined into poems, changing a word here and there for the sake of meter and rhyme, while preserving the reason.
Sajak Einstein Mencari Tuhan
Poems by Albert Einstein

Solitude is painful
when one is young,
but delightful
when one is more mature.
I live in that solitude
which was painful in my youth,
but seems delicious now,
in the years of my maturity.

All these primary impulses,
not easily described in words,
are the springboards
of man's actions—because
any man who can drive safely
while kissing a pretty girl
is simply not giving the kiss
the attention it deserves!

Oh, it should be possible
to explain the laws of physics
to a barmaid! . . .
but how could she ever explain,
in a million years,
love to an Einstein?

Now it gives me great pleasure, indeed,
to see the stubbornness
of an incorrigible nonconformist
so warmly acclaimed . . .
and yet it seems vastly strange
to be known so universally
and yet be so lonely.

Still, as far as I'm concerned,
I prefer silent vice
to ostentatious virtue:
I don't know,
I don't care,
and it doesn't make any difference!

But heroism on command,
senseless violence,
and all the loathsome nonsense
that goes by the name of patriotism:
how passionately I hate them!
Perfection of means
and confusion of ends
seem to characterize our age
and it has become appallingly obvious
that our technology
has exceeded our humanity,
that technological progress
is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal,
and that the attempt to combine wisdom and power
has only rarely been successful
and then only for a short while.

It is my conviction
that killing under the cloak of war
is nothing but an act of murder.
(I do not know what weapons
World War III will be fought with,
but World War IV will be fought
with sticks and stones.)

Oh, how I wish that somewhere
there existed an island
for those who are wise
and of goodwill! . . .

In such a place even I
would be an ardent patriot,
for I am not only a pacifist,
but a militant pacifist.
I am willing to fight for peace,
for nothing will end war
unless the people themselves
refuse to go to war.

Our task must be to free ourselves
by widening our circle of compassion
to embrace all living creatures
and the whole of nature and its beauty.
And peace cannot be kept by force;
it can only be achieved by understanding.

I believe that a simple
and unassuming
manner of life
is best for everyone—
best both for the body
and the mind.

I used to go away for weeks in a state of confusion.
Now I think and think for months and years.
Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false.
The hundredth time I am right.
But I never think of the future—
that comes soon enough.

If you are out to describe the truth,
leave elegance to the tailor . . .
and yet
if you can't explain it simply,
you don't understand it.
Still, if we knew what it was we were doing,
it wouldn't be called "research,"
would it?

Few are those
who see
with their own eyes,
and feel
with their own hearts,
and think
with their own minds . . .
and he who can no longer pause
to wonder
and stand rapt in awe,
is as good as dead;
his eyes are closed.

An empty stomach
is not a good political adviser,
yet anger dwells
only in the bosom of fools,
while "common sense"
is the collection of prejudices
acquired by age eighteen.

Concern for man and his fate
must always form the chief interest
of all technical endeavors.
Never forget this
in the midst of your diagrams
and equations.
Yet never over-worry
about your difficulties
in Mathematics.
I can assure you mine are still greater!

Imagination is everything.
It is the preview of life's coming attractions.
(I am enough of an artist
to draw freely upon my imagination.)
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Information is not knowledge
and yet knowledge is still limited,
for knowledge of what is
does not open the door directly to what should be.
Yes, logic may get you from A to B,
but Imagination will take you everywhere.
Imagination encircles the world.
Imagination is everything.

Learn from yesterday,
live for today,
hope for tomorrow.
The important thing is never
to stop questioning.
Never lose a holy curiosity.

Most people say that is it is the intellect
which makes a great scientist.
They are wrong: it is character.

Nationalism is the infantile sickness of mankind,
the measles of the human race,
and so never do anything against your conscience
even if the state demands it.

Not everything that can be counted counts,
and not everything that counts can be counted.

Only one who devotes himself
to a cause
with his whole strength and soul
can be a true master.
For this reason mastery
demands all of a person.

It is a miracle that curiosity
survives formal education
and yet it is the supreme art
of the teacher to awaken joy
in creative expression
and knowledge.
Still, it sometimes seems
that "education" is what remains
after one has forgotten
everything he learned in school.

Politics is for the present,
but an equation is for eternity.
Pure mathematics is, in its way,
the poetry of logical ideas.

Reality is merely an illusion,
albeit a very persistent one.

Let every man be respected
but no man idolized.

The devil has put a penalty
on all things we enjoy in life.
Either we suffer in health
or we suffer in soul
or we get fat.

Only two things are infinite,
the universe and human stupidity,
and I'm not sure about the former.

Science without religion is lame;
religion without science is blind.
Never lose a holy curiosity.
It was the experience of mystery—
even if mixed with fear—
that engendered religion.

Before God
we are all equally wise
and equally foolish.
That deep emotional conviction
of the presence
of a superior reasoning power,
which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe,
forms my idea of God.
But I cannot imagine a God
who rewards and punishes
the objects of his creation
and is thus but a reflection
of human frailty.
Morality is of the highest importance—
but for us, not God!

Do I believe in immortality?
No, and one life is more than enough for me!


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