Einstein as literary critic. Kurt Metzer was a physicist, working in London, performing calculations on the Lee Model (introduced in 1954 by T.D. Lee to study questions concerning renormalization of field theories). He had evidently submitted a personal essay on an unnamed moral topic, for Einstein's comment.
Einstein begins by approving his simplicity and point of view but rapidly objects: "On the other hand there is a lack of self-criticism on some occasions, f.i. the way the Ten Commandmends [sic] are reviewed, a theme which has already been dealt with very intelligently elsewhere [this last word inserted in manuscript]. I also do not approve of the way you are using the word "egoism." You have to interpret it in such a broad way that it embraces every emotion leading to any action, including social feelings which are as elementary as hunger. So the use of the word is deceptive. With a little more self-criticism you could achieve something of real educational value."
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