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Topic: Quimby Wisdom
Section: 31 - Chapter 12, Part 02 - The Search
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The greatest modern philosopher, the missionary doctor admired as on of the true Christians of the twentieth century, the best-known of American physicians, and the priest-scientist known as one of this century's great thinkers--they all experienced the opposition of all opinions:
Anyone who seeks for the true causes of miracles, and strives to understand natural phenomenon as an intelligent being, and not to gaze at them like a fool, is set down and denounced as an impious heretic by those whom the masses adore as the interpreters of nature and the gods. Such persons know that, with the removal of ignorance, the wonder which forms their only available means for proving and preserving their authority would vanish also.
-- Benedict de Spinoza
He was excommunicated.
The organized political, social, and religious associations of our time are at work to induce the individual man not to arrive at his convictions by his own thinking but to make his own such convictions as they keep ready-made for him. Any man who thinks for himself and at the same time is spiritually free, is to them something inconvenient and even uncanny.
-- Albert Schweitzer, M.D.
He was revered as a musician and as a missionary doctor. He admirers conveniently forgot the criticism he had received for his studies of the life of Jesus. He knew of the opposition of all opinions.
Three learned professions (medicine, law, and religion) have but recently emerged from a state of barbarism.
Primal instincts are violated when ideas of the healing art, of the administration of justice, of Christian love, could not exclude systematic poisoning, judicial duelling, and murder for opinion's sake.
-- Oliver Wendell Holmes, M.D.
Dr. Holmes was condemned--then ignored--when he wrote, before Semelweis, that childbed fever is contagious and carried from woman to woman by physicians.
"Go quietly ahead with your scientific work without getting involved in philosophy or theology . . ."
Throughout my whole life, that is the advice (and the warning) that authority will be found repeatedly to have given me.
And such, too, I imagine the directive given to many brilliant youngsters who are now, when the time is so opportune, entering the field of research.
With all respect and yet with the assurance I draw from fifty years spent living in the heart of the problem, I should like to remark to those it properly concerns that it is psychologically unviable and, what is more, directly opposed to the greater glory of God.
-- Father Teilhard de Chardin, S.J.
The Jesuit father was prohibited from teaching, and his lifework was barred from publication until after his death.