If you study the works of various authors from throughout human
history, you will gradually notice something peculiar that they all
have in common. No matter what time period a particular work comes
from, they all reflect the same level of certainty and conviction
in their message.
Our ancestors did not write "Well, gee, I dunno. Maybe the Earth
is at the center of the universe, but we really aren't too sure."
They were absolute in their belief that the Earth was at the center
of the universe and if anyone said otherwise, that person was often
punished; sometimes severely.
If you think about it, the fact that our ancestors showed so
much confidence in their ideas is really quite amazing. After all,
they used to believe in some ideas that look pretty foolish to us
today. At one time or another many of them believed that the Earth
is flat; that the universe is made of only four elements; that
draining blood can help heal the sick; that powered flight is
How is this possible?
How could people with such a limited concept of reality be so
confident in their ideas? Even more importantly, what does this
tell us about our ideas today?
|Country of origin:
John D Erickson
||Electronic book text - Windows
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