I read a letter online yesterday, from Albert Einstein to his daughter. The letter talked about his Theory of Relativity and was intended to only be made public years after his death, when the political climate of the world had improved from the Cold War he had lived in.

It strikes home, and should be a mandatory read for all those ‘hawks’ eager to jump into one side or another of the many conflicts we have in the world right now! Frankly, a small piece of my heart dies when I see the SMALL bodies in shrouds being lifted out of the ruins of the refugee camps in Gaza. I refuse to express total commitment to either position in this war, other than on the side of children who have a RIGHT to grow up, find love, lose love, make their mark on our world! Here is the letter in its’ entirety:

In the late 1980s, Lieserl, the daughter of the famous genius, donated 1,400
letters, written by Einstein, to the Hebrew University, with orders not to publish
their contents until two decades after his death. This is one of them, for Lieserl

“When I proposed the theory of relativity, very few understood me, and what I
will reveal now to transmit to mankind will also collide with the
misunderstanding and prejudice in the world.
I ask you to guard the letters as long as necessary, years, decades, until
society is advanced enough to accept what I will explain below.
There is an extremely powerful force that, so far, science has not found a
formal explanation to. It is a force that includes and governs all others, and is
even behind any phenomenon operating in the universe and has not yet been
identified by us. This universal force is LOVE.
When scientists looked for a unified theory of the universe they forgot the
most powerful unseen force. Love is Light, that enlightens those who give and
receive it. Love is gravity, because it makes some people feel attracted to
others. Love is power, because it multiplies the best we have, and allows
humanity not to be extinguished in their blind selfishness.
Love unfolds and reveals. For love we live and die. Love is God and God is
This force explains everything and gives meaning to life. This is the variable
that we have ignored for too long, maybe because we are afraid of love
because it is the only energy in the universe that man has not learned to drive
at will.
To give visibility to love, I made a simple substitution in my most famous
equation. If instead of E = mc2, we accept that the energy to heal the world
can be obtained through love multiplied by the speed of light squared, we
arrive at the conclusion that love is the most powerful force there is, because
it has no limits.
After the failure of humanity in the use and control of the other forces of the
universe that have turned against us, it is urgent that we nourish ourselves
with another kind of energy…
If we want our species to survive, if we are to find meaning in life, if we want
to save the world and every sentient being that inhabits it, love is the one and
only answer.
Perhaps we are not yet ready to make a bomb of love, a device powerful
enough to entirely destroy the hate, selfishness and greed that devastate the
However, each individual carries within them a small but powerful generator of
love whose energy is waiting to be released.
When we learn to give and receive this universal energy, dear Lieserl, we will
have affirmed that love conquers all, is able to transcend everything and
anything, because love is the quintessence of life.
I deeply regret not having been able to express what is in my heart, which has
quietly beaten for you all my life. Maybe it’s too late to apologize, but as time
is relative, I need to tell you that I love you and thanks to you I have reached
the ultimate answer!”

Your father,
Albert Einstein

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