I don’t know when it first came up, but I’ve had conversations comparing the two more than once in life.
It always struck me as an odd comparison, but it’s really an essential one. Your gut reaction to the question says a lot about what you value and how you look at life.
I think most of my readership will probably say that Albert Einstein is easily more important than William Shakespeare.
I don’t personally find the comparison that cut and dry. Einstein did a lot for science, but Shakespeare did as much — if not more — for the English language, literature, and entertainment.
I think I’ve always liked this oddball comparison because it gets to the root of the duality of my very personality.
I spend my life working with computers. I spend most of my free time working with computers.
But at the end of the day, I love to write a good story or draw. I love to read a good book, or watch an artistic movie.
To me, you can’t have one without the other. Einstein and Shakespeare are the respective embodiment of logic and creativity.
To me, Shakespeare is who I wish I could be while Einstein is who I feel like I should be.
How do you rate the matchup? Is it folly to compare the two, or is there a deeper philosophical point to the match-up?