Both objective and sujective statements are valid. The real criterion is whether they stand rational scrutiny or not, says Maulana Wahiduddin Khan.
Albert Einstein (1879–1955) was a great scientific mind. In one of his letters dated 3rd January, 1954, to philosopher Eric B Gutkind, Einstein wrote about his concept of God. These are his words: “The word ‘God’ is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses.”
This statement is undoubtedly an unscientific statement by a scientific mind. This statement can be easily converted into another statement, that is ‘Belief in God is a natural urge of a man. Instead of being a human weakness, it is truly a rational finding of man.’
Einstein, as a scientist, was a believer of the notion that only an objective argument is a valid argument; a subjective statement may reflect one’s belief, but it has no credibility as a rational argument. In this sense, Einstein’s statement was against his own stand. If we take Einstein’s statement as a scientific statement, then it means that it was a valid statement. It validates the veracity of subjective thinking.
One can say that in principle, an objective statement and a subjective statement can both be valid statements. The real criterion is whether they stand rational scrutiny or not.