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September 6, 2004
Einstein

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I came upon this Albert Einstein quote today, one that I'd never read before:

"The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them."

I'm sure Al was talking about some freaky property of worm holes or something, but it strikes me that -- as with most great quotes -- it's quite universal.

To me, right now, it means that discovering the problems we face is a significant but small part of the process of solving them, if they can be solved at all. There has to be a significant shift in thinking from the mind that discovered or acknowledged the problem to the one that can understand or implement its solution.

The answers are out there, it's the shift in thinking that's hard. Speaking for myself, I'm very much a creature of habit, externally and internally, and I suspect that you are too. Sometimes it serves me well, it can be comforting. Sometimes, though, it's rather more like a pit of tar.

Another Einstein quote of relevance: "Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding."

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