A human being is a part of the whole, called by us the “Universe,” a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
— quoted in Mathematical Circles Adieu (Howard W. Eves, Boston 1977)
The advice that Einstein gives in the last sentence, if followed by all humankind, could, quite possibly, deliver us peace on Earth.
This quote reminded me how blessed I am to be surrounded by my colleagues at Storey, who already live their lives with this “task” in mind, and how our work and publishing program encourages others to do so as well.
Wishing you, and those far and near to you, a year of giving, a year of prosperity, a year of peace, and a year of happiness.
— Kristy L. Rustay, Digital Production Manager, Storey Publishing