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- "For A Successful Life"
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Stand Up for What You Believe in, or Maybe Not
In 1633, Galileo Galilei was tried for advocating the view that the Earth revolved around the Sun, rather than vice versa. The court demanded that he take back his ideas. Galileo would not budge and as a result, spent the rest of his life in house arrest. Galileo was steadfast in his beliefs, and stood up for them.
In 2006, a man in Kiev made his way into the lion pit of the local zoo, proclaiming that God would protect him. He was eaten. The unnamed man was steadfast in his beliefs, and stood up for them.
Whether standing up for one's beliefs is an act of bravery or foolishness depends on the substance of those beliefs in a fundamental way. There is nothing inherently laudable about steadfastness.
Tuesday 18 October 2011