Albert Einstein arguably stands prime in the list of the world’s most renowned genuises of all time. A public poll on the question “who do you want to be as brilliant as?” will more likely have Albert as the most recurring answer. This will only be so, so long as the one questioned had an idea of how intelligent the theoretical physicist was. Despite Einstein’s intelligence, he was was never awarded a doctorate. Reason? Far too great a scientific academician for anyone to be competent enough to award him a degree. No wonder his brain was preserved after his death in 1955. Numerous assertions from various scientists around the world assumed Albert’s brain had some irregularities that determined his irregular high iQ. If only the world paid rapt attention to Einstein’s secrecy just as they did to the Kardashians for no good reason apart from a life catapulted towards controversy, there would have been no need to preserve his brain to understand and know what accounted for his incontestable success in the world of science. There were no highly advanced computers to make scientific work and research easy, but Einstein still made it through the tough realms of scientific enquiry.
Right after Albert Einstein developed the general theory of relativity (1915), he wrote a letter to his first son “Hans Albert Einstein“. In this letter was that kind of information with power to push the worlds to do crazy things. Crazy things like preserving the brain of an unusual fellow to really understand where his unique ability to think came from. A year had passed since his separation with Mileva Marić, the mother of his two sons. The boys stayed with their mom in Zurich as Einstein moved to Berlin. The letter makes us well informed that the separation affected the pact he had with his eldest son, pressing need for literature of comfort and advice. In this missive, Albert tells his 11 year old boy that the best way to learn and excel is to enjoy whatever he was studying. Below is the letter written a century ago to the son who will grow up to become a great contributor to the field of Sediment Transport.
My dear Albert,
Yesterday, I realised your dear letter and was very happy with it. I was already afraid you wouldn’t write to me at all any more. You told me when I was in Zurich, that it is awkward for you when I come to Zurich. Therefore I think it is better if we get together in a different place, where nobody will interfere with our comfort. I will in any case urge that each year we spend a whole month together, so that you see that you have a father who is fond of you and who loves you. You can also learn many good and beautiful things from me, something another cannot as easily offer you. What I have achieved through such a lot of strenuous work shall not only be there for strangers but especially for my own boys. These days I have completed one of the most beautiful works of my life, when you are bigger, I will tell you about it. 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. I am sometimes so wrapped up in my work that I forget about the noon meal…..
Be with Tete kissed by your Papa.
Regards to Mama.
With this letter, there is enough evidence to tell that Albert Einstein did not actually care about schooling but rather cared about education from the heart springing from the joy in it. This is the key to excellence, find what you love and make the world a better place with it. You are not obliged at all cost to move around the spheres of supposed authentic knowledge, to go to school in order to become that great person you want to be. Unless perhaps, the profession you want to pursue is under the confines of formal education say, law or medicine, you’ve got no boundaries but you. All you need is the location of the library and everything will be alright as long as you have the zest to achieve more. Be aware though, that this will only be fueled by the joy you find in whatever you are doing. If Albert achieved the theory of relativity through joy, you can imagine what you will achieve through the joy bestowed upon you by any act. Be a cobbler, journalist, public speaker, enterpreneur and whatever if you want to be. Never allow another to force you into a field you dislike just because that seems to be a comfort zone for that person. Find comfort in what you love and change the world with it. You cannot bring out the best in you at a zone of sadness and discomfiture. The majority of African children are not able to pursue their real dreams because someway somehow, their parents forcefully take the pen of destiny off their hands. They tell their children where to go unduely and push them into avenues dear to their hearts. Ignoring how undear that avenue might be for their children. The sad part of the story goes like this; at the end of the day, that child is the one stuck up in a pit of misery. I urge the many youth out there in Africa mostly, to take note of this quote once more and allow it to resound the unusual voice of freedom to be a part of the AfricaRising theme.
“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.”