On Eccentricity: Bertrand Russell's Seventh Commandment for Teaching

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On Eccentricity: Bertrand Russell's Seventh Commandment for Teaching

by Trent Gilliss (@TrentGilliss),  Executive Editor / Chief Content Officer

(7) Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.


~Bertrand Russell, from his "Ten Commandments" of the liberal outlook as it appears in his 1951 New York Times op-ed, "The Best Answer to Fanaticism—Liberalism."

See Russell's Sixth Commandment.

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Trent Gilliss is executive editor of On Being and chief content officer of Krista Tippett Public Productions. He received a Peabody Award in 2007 for his work on "The Ecstatic Faith of Rumi" and garnered two Webby Awards (in 2005, and again in 2008). The Online News Association nominated his journalistic work multiple times in the general excellence and outstanding specialty journalism categories. Trent's reported and produced stories from Turkey to rural Alabama, from Israel and the West Bank to Cambridge, England.

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