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Rare Truth, Plentiful Facts

The anthropologist Jacob Bronowski once wrote, "The average person today knows more facts about the world than Isaac Newton did: but considerably less truth."

Newton, of course, was one of history's greatest scientific minds.  He discovered the law of universal gravitation, revolutionizing physics.  He's remembered as an architect of truth.  Yet Newton was very much aware of how flimsy was his grasp of the truth.  He once confided to a friend, "I do not know what I appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell...whilst the great ocean of truth lay undiscovered before me."

Truth is indeed an unfathomable ocean.  There's no way our limited minds can comprehend it.