A good setup for a joke with a punchline like dry, white toast, the trio grab a table in the back of the dimly lit bar, sit down, order a round and dive into matters of nature, the universe and biocentricity.
“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space,” contends Einstein. “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.”
Taking a deep pull off his beer, froth hanging from his overgrown mustache and beard, Thoreau notes, “As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.”
“If I had my life to live over again, I would make it a rule to read some poetry, listen to some music, and see some painting or drawing at least once a week,” ponders Darwin over a stiff gin and tonic. “Perhaps the part of my brain now atrophied would then have been kept alive through life. The loss of these tastes is a loss of happiness.”
These are actual quotes from Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein and Henry David Thoreau, but as they existed in different times and different worlds, surely, they never sat down for a drink together…but it would have been awesome.
“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,” surmised Einstein.