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Friday, May 14, 2010

The Sexiest Man Not Alive

Article first published as The Sexiest Man Not Alive on Blogcritics.

Take it from somebody already dead (Marilyn Monroe), Albert Einstein was very sexy. Although Monroe’s statement about Einstein was widely quoted, it’s difficult to track down. The closest I’ve come is MSNBC reporting (parenthetically), “Legend has it that Marilyn Monroe said Einstein was her idea of a sexy man.” The two never met, but Monroe allegedly said she would like to meet him, that she found his intelligence sexy.

Marilyn was right; intelligence is sexy. If a man can use his brain effectively, imagine what he can do with the rest of his body parts. Although it was rumored he was a washout at math, Einstein is synonymous with “genius.” Perhaps that false math rumor was based on his statement, “Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.”

Few would argue against Einstein’s genius, but Einstein the stud muffin? Einstein had groupies, and—dare I say it—a number of extra-marital affairs. Not quite the Tiger Woods of the intellectual set, Einstein seemed to have a theory of moral relativity to which he adhered. In 2006, the Mail Online (London Daily Mail) labeled him a “prodigious lover with a string of mistresses.”

Who cares about a dead man’s mistresses? Oh, okay, lots of people do, and the more prominent the dead man, the more people want to talk about it. Well, this is not a DeadPeople Magazine expose. If you want to know more about Einstein’s sex life, check out The Daily Mail.

Einstein may be sexy, but I find him fascinating. In many ways, he was a free spirit, not confining himself to the dictates of society. He hated wearing suits, so he didn’t wear them. He had the hair of a boxing promoter and the wardrobe of a middle-aged hippie. After divorcing his wife, he ended up marrying his cousin.

Einstein’s advice is invaluable and has enriched my life. “Never memorize what you can look up in books” is counsel that has served me well. I stopped trying to remember everything about everything, and concentrated on creativity.

I was further inspired when I read “Imagination is more important than knowledge,” and realized that things that are known are things that can be looked up. Using the brain to invent seemed like a much more valuable use than storage.

Perhaps the best guidance I’ve “received” from Einstein is “If A is success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut.” Although there are some that think I should adhere even more strictly to this equation, I know I’ve benefited from its application.

For those interested in what Einstein had to say about sex, there are the 3500 pages of letters, postcards, and other documents the Hebrew University of Jerusalem made public in 2006. As for me, I’ll avoid the earthy and go with the more philosophical. “Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”

Albert Einstein, my brain crush.