1 4 0 D O C U M E N T S 1 2 9 1 3 1 J A N U A R Y 1 9 2 8 129. On the Nadir of Civlization Berlin, 11 January 1928 Dear Sir, I give you a general answer, which replies to all the individual questions at once:[1] Everyone should be a willing servant of the collectivity that includes all human beings! Respectfully yours, A. Einstein 130. To Eduard Einstein [Berlin, 11 January 1928][1] Dear Tete, Just a quick comment on our discussion.[2] You are raging against a treatment of the question of the meaning of life in terms of feeling. But there is no other way. The mind can always only deduce conclusions from premises in accord with rules about which we have agreed. But the mind cannot provide premises. We can only agree about them, and in the case of our problem, only through the action of the intuitive (feeling-based) judgment, after we have allowed the facts to work on us from as many sides as possible. If through that process we arrive at different prem- ises, then agreement is simply impossible. (From judgments about facts, regarding which we may agree, value judgments cannot be derived. Thus I cannot refute log- ically your tiger ideal.)[3] 131. To Mileva Einstein-Marić [Berlin,] 11 January 1928 Dear Mileva, It never occurred to me to be angry with you or any of you. On the contrary, I always feel guilty for writing to you so little.[1] The reason I didn’t come last sum- mer was just that I feared I would disturb you I thought that without me you would feel more at ease with the boys’ visit.[2] The only thing is that I can hardly bring myself to remain in contact with Albert, and that only because I find it completely repellent to enter into any relationship with my daughter-in-law.[3] How dreadful she is you can see from the way Albert has deteriorated in such a short time. Now the planned stay in Celerina. If there were more or less normal relations between
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