Einstein on The Cult of Individuals

“The cult of individuals is always, in my view, unjustified. To be sure, nature distributes her gifts unevenly among her children. But there are plenty of the well-endowed, thank God, and I am firmly convinced that most of them live quiet, unobtrusive lives. It strikes me as unfair, and even in bad taste, to select a few of them for boundless admiration, attributing super-human powers of mind and character to them.”

Albert Einstein. from My First Impression of the USA, 1921.

So…the fact that it is Einstein saying this should bear no weight whatsoever on how one reacts to it.  He does go on to say that the one consolation for the way he finds himself treated is that it shows that “knowledge and justice is ranked above wealth and power by a large section of the human race.”