Portraits of Wizards : Plato, Galileo, Thomas Alva Edison


"Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws." - Plato

Plato was one of the devoted young followers of Socrates'. Most of the modern sciences like sociology, political science and even psychology have their roots in Plato's main writing, The Republic..

Here in above quote, he describes the necessity of the system of laws. The laws are, in its ultimate meaning, the common wishes of all the citizens. And if we want to have the advantages of remaining in society, we are bound to follow the rules necessary for keeping the society going smoothly and happily.

But there are sections among people who for several reasons of their own tend to violate these laws. And on their impulse to do the same, they, the bad people as described by Plato, ignore the laws. For them there should be punitive provisions. While for those who do understand the relevance of the laws, they hardly need any laws either. because in absence of laws, too, they wold follow the general rules of behavior. They do not need to be reminded the importance of the system of law in the society. (Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

Galileo Galileo

"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use." - Galileo Galilei

Galileo was born in Pisa. During his lifetime he revealed his telescopic observations of the moons of Jupiter. He used his observations to argue in favour of the sun-centered theory of the universe, against the earth-centeredAristotelian theories.

Here in the above quote he simply reflects his mind. Only living creature in the universe that has been endowed with the gracious gift of reason is the human. If we avoid using the same reason in our life, we are not better than any other creatures.

In the time of Galileo they were against the reason in the matter of scientific inventions. People believed that the earth was flat. Galileo objected to it by providing proofs for the same. In the time of diehard religious fanatics, it was nothing more than a challenge of life and death for him. But he used his reason, sense and the intellect the God had given to him. That is his message that use what the almighty God has given to you. (Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

Thomas Alva Edison

"I have not failed.
I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." -

Thomas Alva Edison was a scientist, born in America. He had developed many devices we used today and without which our life cannot function smoothly. His inventions greatly influenced our life around the world. These inventions include the phonograph and a long lasting light bulb.

Here in this quotation he had talked about the necessity of persistent efforts. Try. Try and Try. If we leave the battlefield due to the defeats we face, we would never be winning.
In our life it happens that we face odd times; some failures in our efforts. This may be due to various reasons: the lack of experience, improper use of the means applied, wrongly timed efforts and so on. And we eventually do no succeed. We do not get the results as planned.
Hence we quit the field.

Here we lose. We not only lose our achievement, we lose the essence of the fighting within us. Our spirit is dampened and that could cause long-lasting damages.
So Edition guides us to take the failure as 'the way that did not work', and not a failure as such. Such a thinking builds up the spirit of winning and keep us fighting till we meet success. Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons)
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