October 7, 2011
Stand by the truth – others will come around to your view
I've always found it useful to stand by the truth. It doesn't matter who agrees or who disagrees. Recently I annoyed a lot of people by speaking the truth about Anna Hazare. That annoyed one third of my readers.
I speak the truth (to the extent I know about it) about Narendra Modi. That annoyed another one third.
I speak the truth about MMS, Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi. That annoys the remaining one third.
I speak the truth about the medical profession. That annoys my doctor friends.
I speak the truth about the bureaucracy. That annoyed one of my former IAS colleagues.
I speak the truth about "antrhopomorphic" climate change being a hyped-up piece of semi-fiction. That has annoyed those who worship "experts" and don't wish to study the facts for themselves.
I speak the truth about accupuncture/ spiritual fraud (Sai Baba type), etc. That annoys those who have no scientific bent of mind.
I specialise in being unpopular (the way it seems!), and yet I speak about working (as part of a team) to become India's prime minister. I write blunt books like BFN.
What's going on? Am I arrogant? Do I think I know more than others?
Not quite. ALL my views are subject to change if YOU show me solid reasons and evidence to change them. In other words, I form TENTATIVE conclusions about the truth, like any scientist should. All my conclusions are based on solid evidence (or rejection of bad evidence) – but if that evidence is found to be untrue I will change my views.
Stand by the truth
Don't worry if people don't seem to be enthused about the truth. That's not your problem. That's THEIR problem. For ultimately the truth always wins. I am 100% confident about that.
MOST scientists have had this experience – of stating something that people disagreed with – for years, decades, TILL finally coming around to the truth.
a) The scientists who discovered that helicobacter causes peptic ulcers. Till they found this truth a LOT OF JUNK SCIENCE prevailed. "Psychosomatic disorders" were hyped up by idiot psychologists with zero training in science. As if the mind can create bacteria. After decades of being treated as outcastes these medical scientists finally got the Nobel prize. The truth prevailed..
b) And now, "When Israeli scientist Dan Shechtman claimed to have stumbled upon a new crystalline chemical structure that seemed to violate the laws of nature, colleagues mocked him, insulted him and exiled him from his research group". [Source]
Dan has finally got the Nobel prize, but be prepared to be mocked and insulted if you care about the truth more than you do about popularity.
There are hundreds if not thousands of such examples.
STICK TO THE TRUTH. If in your generation people don't care for it, they WILL – long after you are dead.
That's what we are here in this world for – to discover the truth. Anyone who is here to protect his "patch" is an ENEMY of mankind and must be shunned. That includes all religious people who don't question their scriptures, all doctors who take what they were taught 30 years ago to be the only truth. That includes all BLIND followers of Anna Hazare, Narendra Modi and Manmohan Singh.
BURN YOUR BOOKS! Start thinking. Find the truth! Start speaking the truth.