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Gre Essay: Important Truths Begin as Outrageous, or at Least Uncomfortable, Attacks Upon the Accepted Wisdom of the Time

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"Important truths begin as outrageous, or at least uncomfortable, attacks upon the accepted wisdom of the time."

According to Newton’s law of motion, “Any body tends to be in its state of motion or rest, until and unless subjected by some external force.” Same principle applies to the accepted wisdom of the time also. “Accepted wisdom of the time”, what is most important in these words is the word ‘time’. It’s true that many a thing use to starts because times demand it, and in due course it becomes accepted wisdom. But, any accepted wisdom use to follow Newton’s law of motion even if it use to get worn out with time; and this is the reason why any change in accepted wisdom is meet with stiff resistance. So, in the terms of Newton’s law, we can say, “Any accepted wisdom tends to be in its state of acceptance or denial, until and unless subjected to some external force.”

To better understand- why any important truth begin as outrageous, or at least uncomfortable, attack upon the accepted wisdom of the time, we have to delve into the functioning of the human brain. How human brain use to function in the case of accepted wisdom? Two different processes mainly control human cognizance: active and passive. In any moment of time our human brain use to perceive things actively and passively. With the passage of time, accepted wisdom moves from our active brain part to the passive brain part, and gradually our brain use to stop analyzing the prose and cons of the accepted wisdom. This is the reason that gradually our brain uses to perceive accepted wisdom as eternal truth, and the brain opposes any change in the accepted wisdom, even if it’s right. This resistance to change is nothing but a kind of reflex action.

Several examples can be cited from the past, where important truths have begun as outrageous, or at least uncomfortable, attacks upon the accepted...

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