Strange is our situation here upon earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to divine a purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that man is here for the sake of other men — above all for those upon whose smile and well-being our own happiness depends, and also for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy. Many times a day I realize how much my own outer and inner life is built upon the labors of my fellowmen, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received.
From Living Philosophies (1931) by Albert Einstein (1879-1955), Nobel Prize-winning theoretical physicist and poster boy for geniuses and bad hair days. Astute fans of the acclaimed CBS show, Northern Exposure, will recognize that a portion of this quotation was read by Chris in the Morning during his insightful philosophical musings in “Lost and Found” (S3E17).
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