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"If we do not all change together, we'll die out. If we make things too difficult for the Earth, it will simply get rid of us like an unwanted guest. Either new diseases will arise affecting both people and animals as a result of our wrong way of living, or we will destroy ourselves from this inner weakness, through wars."

Yamada waits a moment and takes a couple of sips of his now-cold tea. "I've been thinking about this for some time. How long have we known each other?"

"Correct. Almost three years ago our two universities started the inter-cultural cooperation project. When I flew home from Rotterdam half a year ago, I was not satisfied with the results."

"Not satisfied? All the students thought your visit was fantastic! We still talk about you often."

Murphy is jolted by this. "Do you really mean that?"

"More than two and a half years."

"Yes, but what have they remembered? What has stuck with them? My stress theory? Are they happier now or healthier or more conscious, because I came? No, I do not think so. I think we must start with the basics. We really must teach the students a new way of thinking. At this moment, they can only think analytically. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with that. On the contrary, that is necessary for their studies. But they also need to think synthetically, not only in order to enjoy life, but to survive."

"What do you mean?" asks Murphy, alarmed.

"The danger for the future is hidden in analytical thinking, which leaves no room for feeling. Analytical thinking maintains itself because it tolerates no other ways of thinking."

Yamada offers Murphy a chocolate cookie, takes one himself and continues with his mouth full, "Einstein had ..."

Murphy interrupts, "Who?"

Yamada finishes chewing. "Einstein, or if you like, Einstein's wife." "Sorry, I really don't know what you're talking about."

"Oh," laughs Yamada, "this is only known to the initiated. Some prominent scholars believe that it was not Albert Einstein but his wife Mileva Maric Einstein who was the brain behind the theory of relativity. I've studied this for a while and I think they were both responsible for it. Modern physics is so much more feminine and intuitive than classical physics, that one could almost imagine that...

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