The law of truth

"Important truths begin as outrageous, or at least uncomfortable, attacks upon the accepted wisdom of the time."
The most difficult thing to accept in life is change. And those who accept the constant behavior of change are the wisest of the human race.

Mankind has evolved on its own terms. Each new discovery that man has made has been resisted, more by his fellow human beings than his natural surroundings. History has witnessed the introduction of every aspect of reality and can recall for us how well, or rather poorly they were accepted on their first trial.
Man is an intelligent animal, who can think and formulate views about the working of things in and around him. However, this very aspect of his nature caused him to believe that his theories are more correct than the others’. More than often, the truth came out late enough to make him too rigid in his belief.
Right from the realization that the earth is not flat to the possibility that there might be living creatures apart from us somewhere out there in the universe, which is still a mystery to the inhabitants of planet Earth, we have always found it difficult to accept the truth, which was always evident.
Take for example, the discovery by Galileo Galilei that the Earth revolves around the Sun and not the other way round, as was believed prior to his discovery. When Galileo came up with this idea, it severely injured the belief of the Church and the masses who were living since ages with the belief that the world is immovable and its foundations have been laid by God. The result was the Church banning his ideas, trying him in the court and putting him on a house arrest.
Such was the impact of the most pressing truth of nature.

It’s not only the facts about natural phenomena; social realities have also been accepted with unease, in fact with even more difficulty. The man is driven by a strong desire to be accepted in the society. Hence, the acknowledgement of any idea that makes him stand on the other side of the majority simply doesn’t appear to be worth the trouble.

Various social reformers in India during the British rule preached equality for women, laid emphasis on education for girls and tried to raise voices against evils like Sati and vouched for widow remarriage. These were the people most hated by the society then, all because they tried to introduce people to the simple truth that women are humans and have the right to a humane life and happiness, but something that did not match with the exiting ideologies. But the style of living and treatment of women was set in such a way, that even women did not dare to show a positive face to their revolution. Anyone who insinuated that the reforms were, in actuality, a blessing in the form of a change, were isolated and boycotted.

To live with one’s own belief is more convenient than believing the truth and aligning oneself to it. It is human nature to gainsay the reality. The human mind is overwhelmed with insecurities and a fear from bringing about a change, so much so that it becomes an enormous task to let the truth trickle down. The acceptance is inspired by man’s own will to change and make life better.

Truth actuates social and ideological changes. Educated people find it easier to accede to the new ideas while the others oppose it. Give me an incentive to believe you and I will. This is how the law of truth works and always will.