… But Don’t Be Afraid To Have Your Eccentricities
“Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now
accepted was once eccentric.” – Bertrand Russell
I’m sure you’ve heard of Galileo, he is the scientist whose improvement to the design of the telescope led to the discovery of the four largest moons of Jupiter. His observation of these moons and the phases of the planet Venus helped him to find scientific evidence for the Copernican theory that the earth travelled around the sun.
The heliocentric view was considered heresy by the church that held to a geocentric view, I.E. that the Earth was the centre of the universe. Galileo’s heliocentric views were condemned by the Catholic Church as “false and contrary to Scripture”, and he was warned to abandon his support for it—which he promised to do.
However with the election of his friend Cardinal Barberini as Pope Urban VIII in 1623, Galileo’s evidence was allowed to be published and the world view that the sun travelled around the Earth began to lose sway. Now it is accepted by all that Galileo, Copernicus and Aristotle were not eccentrics or heretics but scientifically accurate.
Our view of the world despite its eccentricity may one day be accepted as correct by others, therefore our eccentricities are not to be feared but allowed to be considered as a possible better way of seeing the world.