Einstein showed us a famous equation when he presented his General Theory of Relativity and his subsequent scientific career.   Albert Einstein was famous for his genius equation and way of looking at the world, but many people do not know that Einstein was committed to the development of the mind of the human species.  He exemplified this in many ways, and stood up for that principle through many fields.

Einstein represents the shift in thinking that is necessary to change the current problems we face
Einstein represents the shift in thinking that is necessary to change the current problems we face

The idea that the mind of man should be able to understand the way that god put the universe together was Einstein's driving principle.   He was very musically inclined, and used Mozart and Bach to help discern discovery, often playing late at night to uncover answers to some of his mathematical riddles.  Interestingly, he did maintain standards in regards to music, preferring Bach and Mozart rather than less refined Wagner and Strauss.

Albert Einstein was thoroughly against war, and the idea of Rascism, Militarism, and the use of Nuclear Weapons.  When Einstein arrived in the US in 1933 he never left, except for a short immigration trip, until his passing in 1955.  He spoke against McCarthyism and said it was akin to the Nazi politik he observed while living in Germany.

This created a certain angnst among the Powers that Be.  The FBI had a massive file on him.

Einstein was asked once about his views on religion, which he replied,

"Yes you can call it that, try and penetrate with our limited means the secrets of nature and you will find that behind the discernable laws and connections there remains something subtle,  intangible and inexplicable. Veneration for this force beyond anything we can comprehend is my religion. In that sense, i am in fact religious. "

 When asked , do you believe in god?

"I'm not an atheist.  The problem involved is too vast for our limited minds.  We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books of many languages, the child knows someone must have written those books, the child does not know how, the child does not understand the languages in which they were written in. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books, but doesn't know what this is.  That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward god. We see the universe marvelously arranged obeying certain laws, but only dimly understand these laws."

His fight for the cause never ended as any great man would know, as he stated eloquently:

 "A large part of history is ... replete with the struggle for ... human rights, an eternal struggle in which a final victory can never be won. But to tire in that struggle would mean the ruin of society." —Albert Einstein

This awareness and type of thinking is needed now more than ever.