It is proof of a base and low mind for one to wish to think with the masses or majority, merely because the majority is the majority. Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people.
On my recent trip to Rome Italy, I came upon a plaza named El Campo De Fiore. At its center stands a sculpture of Giordano Bruno. The Statue of Giordano Bruno rests at the very site where Bruno died. Giordano Bruno lived from 1548 to February 17, 1600.
This sculpture was different than others I saw on my trip. This statue seemed to have a dark, resolute, and turbulent air about it. His clothes appeared to be a veiled attempt to hide a fierceness or ferocity that could not be hidden, even in granite and stone. This statute, bar none, had a story to tell the world.
When the tour guide showed up, I immediately asked about this ominous sculpture overseeing the daily activity at El Campo De Fiore. At the base of the statue, you can read the inscription which translated reads, To Bruno – From the Age he Predicted.
Bruno was a philosopher, mathematician, poet, and theorist of all things pertaining to the cosmos, or outer space as we would call it today. Bruno held many beliefs that were controversial to the power structure of the day which included religion, God, and other theories.
Today he is best remembered as Giordano Bruno, the man who theorized that the cosmos were infinite, that perhaps there could be life on other planets, and that the stars were distant suns. For his beliefs and his boldness of belief in said theories, on February 17, 1600, Giordano Bruno was tied to a stake at El Campo De Fiore and burned alive by the Roman power structure of the time.
The complete inscription at the base of the monument reads: To Bruno – From the Age He Predicted – Here Where the Fire Burned.
We may never be tied to a stake for our beliefs, and for that, we have men like Giordano Bruno to thank, but sometimes we allow others to sway our beliefs and that my friend is a form of death by another’s hand.
We have only one life to live, and like Bruno, we should not fear that which we believe, even if it goes against the accepted norms in our field of study, career, social circles, and institutions. Dare I say even in the face of political correction, liberal, or conservative dogma.
After all, this is our life to live, to execute our theories, ideas, passions, and beliefs for the betterment of humankind, our families, our social circles, and our own posterity. Having said all of that I would expect that we all understand that we must do so within the confines of the lawful and moral norms in which society we live.
You may never have a statue erected to you that tells the world, you were wronged and that you died a horrible and painful death for your beliefs, but you can leave a lasting impression on the world in some way, if you will embrace who and what you are and practice what you believe.