While navigating the wild world of parenting, it helps to know we’re not alone. Nobel Prize winner Albert Einstein is well known for his work in physics, but less known for his parenthood. This unique glimpse into one of Einstein’s more intimate moments with his son reminds us that we all walk this path together.
Albert Einstein penned this letter to his son, Hans Albert Einstein, at age 36. Volume 8: The Berlin Years: Correspondence, 1914-1918
“I am very pleased that you find joy with the piano. This and carpentry are in my opinion for your age the best pursuits, better even than school. Because those are things which fit a young person such as you very well. Mainly play the things on the piano which please you, even if the teacher does not assign those. That is the way to learn the most, that when you are doing something with such enjoyment that you don’t notice that the time passes. “
Einstein wrote to his son:
Don’t neglect your piano, you don’t know how much pleasure you can give to others, as well as to yourself, when you can play music nicely…
His practical advice:
Another thing, brush your teeth every day, and if a tooth is not quite all right, go to the dentist immediately… This is very important, as you will realize yourself later on.
His “homework” help:
You still make so many writing errors. You must take care of that regard: it makes a bad impression when words are misspelled.
You do have a father who loves you more than anything else and who is constantly thinking of you and caring about you.
Einstein also offered timeless advice for his daughter, Lieserl Einstein:
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 Love.
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.
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.
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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We’d love to recommend few books:
Einstein: His Life and Universe. The book brings Einstein’s experience of life, love, and intellectual discovery into brilliant focus.
Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything. The author draws on cutting-edge research, a surprising cultural history of remembering.
The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution. An indispensable guide to how innovation really happens.