Elbert Hubbard wrote, “If we look back through history we will find that every good and beautiful thing has at one time been under the ban and assailed as an evil. And the argument seems to be this: if you think a thing is right, never mind what the many say - stick to it.”
Here are a few of the examples he gives of things first considered evil:
“To light cities by gas would set them afire.
“Electricity was dangerous, and to put up wires was to invite the lightning to come into our houses and kill us all dead.
“Even so great a man as John Ruskin foresaw that the railroads would ruin England, by driving the stages out of business and killing the demand for horses, thus bankrupting the farmer.
“Thomas Jefferson tells us, in his Autobiography, of a neighbor of his who was “agin” the public schools because, “when everyone could read and write, no one would work.”
I think it is safe to say we are glad the innovators and inventors of these improvements “stuck to it” so that we could enjoy the results.
Source: Hollyhocks & Goldenglow by Elbert Hubbard, Chapter, “Deathless Fame,” limited edition of 1,000 printed by the Roycrofters, 1912.