Wise Words For A Planet In Crisis

Maria Rattray
5 min readNov 16, 2020

LOVE, the most powerful force there is…

Einstein spruiking Love
Photo by Hannes Richter on Unsplash

Was it Albert Einstein? Maybe it was Margot? Who really did pen that letter “The Universal Force of Love”?

Spoiler Alert: It matters not, as it offers a universal message about our belief in Love’s conquering force.

So how did I stumble upon it?

A few years ago my husband and I spent some time living in Penang, Malaysia. There I met the most beautiful man, who to this day is a very close friend. We share similar concerns about the environment, about materialism, and the lack of care for the planet. The galloping and frightening pace of change from where we were less than three generations ago, to where we are today, we discussed at great length.

When I first struck up a conversation with him I asked about why the tides around the island no longer behaved as they should. His eyes filled with tears and he asked me if I’d been aware of the constant noise around the island. That, he told me, was to do with dredging in preparation for building three islands, the size of Singapore around Penang.

Yesterday he sent me a bank of wildlife photos taken by another expat some years ago. Almost all of the animals have now disappeared from the island. We discussed in great length, how inconsequential we think we are, to individually effect change.

In response to this he forwarded me a letter written in 1938 by Albert Einstein to his daughter, Lieserl on The Universal Force of Love, which is reproduced below.

“When I proposed the theory of relativity, very few understood me, and what I will reveal now to transmit to mankind will also collide with the misunderstanding and prejudice in the world.

“I ask you to guard the letters as long as necessary, years, decades, until society is advanced enough to accept what I will explain below.

“There is an extremely powerful force that, so far, science has not found a formal explanation to. It is a force that includes and governs all others, and is even behind any phenomenon operating in the universe and has not yet been identified by us. This universal force is LOVE.



Maria Rattray

Writer, author, teacher, fun-loving poet. Trying valiantly to make the world a better place. Helping you to guide the future. Find me at: https://ponmyword.com