Il pensiero di Einstein sulla crisi

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Ieri sera in una pizzeria ho trovato questo pensiero di Einstein in bella vista attaccato al muro. Gli sono molto affezionato, sto finendo di studiare un suo importante lavoro, e mi ha colpito che lui, socialista, antimilitarista, dicesse cose del genere. In effetti quando le ha dette non aveva ancora visto la seconda guerra mondiale, non aveva ancora fatto nascere il progetto Manhattan, quindi tutto si spiega. Però sono righe che trasmettono una grande forza e invitano ad essere fiduciosi in se stessi. Le riporto verbatim da The World As I See It (Il mondo come io lo vedo), pubblicato nel 1934.

 

Let’s not pretend that things will change if we keep doing the same things. A crisis can be a real blessing to any person, to any nation. For all crises bring progress. Creativity is born from anguish, just like the day is born from the dark night. It’s in crisis that inventiveness is born, as well as discoveries made and big strategies. He who overcomes crisis, overcomes himself, without getting overcome.
He who blames his failure to a crisis neglects his own talent and is more interested in problems than in solutions. Incompetence is the true crisis. The greatest inconvenience of people and nations is the laziness with which they attempt to find the solutions to their problems. There’s no challenge without a crisis. Without challenges, life becomes a routine, a slow agony. There’s no merit without crisis. It’s in the crisis where we can show the very best in us. Without a crisis, any wind becomes a tender touch. To speak about a crisis is to promote it. Not to speak about it is to exalt conformism. Let us work hard instead. Let us stop once and for all the menacing crisis that represents the tragedy of not being willing to overcome it.

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