A-Z Blog Challenge P: Paradox, Potential for Change
C.G.Jung: ‘Only the paradox comes anywhere near to comprehending the fullness of life … non ambiguity and non-contradiction are one-sided and thus not suited to express the incomprehensible.’
For me, being aware (sometimes) of the paradoxes in my everyday life makes my life meaningful, even if they seem overly difficult sometimes. Maybe a bit like faith and doubt being two very strange bedfellows. Yet, having doubt about certain things means a tussle or a conflict with my inner being and can lead to my having a stronger faith as in, in illness there is healing. In death there is re-birth, or as in when winter gives rise to spring.
I know I gave several opposites in the O post; here I’m giving paradoxes.
Niels Bohr : ‘How wonderful that we’ve met with a paradox! Now we have some hope of making progress’.
Lao Tzu : ‘Most true things are stated in paradoxes’.
Edgar Degas: ‘Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do’.
Soren Kierkegaard: ‘The paradox is the source of the thinker’s passion, and the thinker without a paradox is like a lover without feeling.’
Yogi Berra: ‘No one goes there any more, it’s too crowded.’
Voltaire: ‘The superfluous is a very necessary thing.’
Disraeli: ‘No government can be long secure without formidable opposition.’
Henri Paul Gauguin: ‘I shut my eyes in order to see.’
Michel Foucault: ‘All modern thought is is permeated by thinking the unthinkable.’
St. Francis: ‘It is in giving that we receive, in pardoning that we are pardoned.’
Johan Wolfgang von Goethe: ‘Where there is a great deal of light, the shadows are deeper.’
I’m still away in Botswana and have no wi-fi access so am unable to respond at this time to any comments, but thank you for coming by.