Welcome to Day 2 of 2011. The thought of the day is quite straight forward, and for someone who basically has lived his life as an iconoclast, I’ve run into this more times than I can count: New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed without any other reason, but because they are not already common. –John Locke
Of course, as the “Father of Liberalism,” he was probably off his nut a little anyways, but why is this? Why do people resist new ideas and changes? It’s no secret that the one constant in our world is change. Change often is good. It’s the evolving of one thing and hopefully, and usually, turning it into something better.
Imagine the furor caused by saying the world is round and not flat! Einstein got taken through the ringer a few times, too.
But there also are times in human history where it’s not been such a good thing. Think of the witch trials in Salem. Think of the nuttiness of Hitler. Those are ideas that looking back on, clearly were to be suspected and with all vigor, opposed.
Sometimes in our course of history, people have been put to death for their new opinions. Governments and the evil of men has done the unthinkable, and yet brave men and women in their own times have stood up to it and even died for what they believed.
I’m not saying you should fall on a sword for your own personal convictions every time, but just remember the next time you’ve introduced something into public consumption and people vehemently disagree with you. They may not like what you’re saying, only because it’s new, or even because they didn’t think of it themselves.
- Albert Einstein and The Philosopher’s Stone (socyberty.com)
- Obama and Hitler log bold opinions on Joke of the Year (timeoutny.com)
- 10 Most Evil Propaganda Techniques Used by the Nazis (brainz.org)
- The Man Who Said No to Hitler (online.wsj.com)
- 8 Amazing Blogging Lessons from Albert Einstein (dailyblogtips.com)