GRE essay: Important truths begin as outrageous, or at least uncomfortable...

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TOPIC-“Important truths begin as outrageous, or at least uncomfortable, attacks upon the accepted wisdom of the time.”

Truth always seems strange and outrageous. I agree completely to the fact that truth attacks upon the accepted wisdom of time. Innumerable instances in the past have given us the pinch of reality.

In the early days of civilization it was thought that earth was flat, it came as a shock to many when it was proved that the earth is spherical. People simply couldn’t take this, they were amazed by this simple discovery. Another classic example is the discovery of heliocentric orbits of the planets by Copper Nicolas, people initially had thought that the planets and even the Sun rotated about the earth.
The realization and exposure of truth to the civilization has proved costly to some. In the past people refused to accept anything that contradicted their believes . The revolutionaries have been ostracized from the society since they said something contradictory to their established beliefs, and in many cases what they claimed has eventually come true.

A group of people in the 16th century formed the “Priori of cyon .“ It was a network where people didn’t reveal their true identity, and communicated to each other with a false identity. The sole purpose of such a network was to safeguard themselves from the religious and social institutions that opposed any idea or theories that were against the established ones.

Isaac Newton was a member of the “priori of cyon .” He signed his letters and his papers as “LION”, an incognito. This clearly shows that people have been outrageous to accept the truth.

It is always difficult to digest the fact that something that we thought is true is no more the case. The fundamentals take a blow when this happens. People are used to something that held itself for ages, and one fine day their theories have been proved wrong.

Simple things have amazed great personalities like Einstein. He questioned everything . When at school it was hard to explain to him that “1+1=2.” He simply didn’t accept it, his own teachers considered him to the obtuse and dyslexic. Later on he came with gems . His theory of relativity is still hard to accept, but that is the truth.

It has always been the case through out the history of mankind, truth always has been difficult to accept. It has outraged people. But this is what is driving our mankind forward. Quest for knowledge and the truth shall always prevail and continue to amaze us for as long as mankind exists.