Life Can Be So Confusing

I think they we share common experiences so much more often than we realize....whether subconsiously or semi-consciously.  One of those experiences is how our minds work.  I think that by nature, our minds are in a constant state of trying to determine if something is 'this' or 'that'.....black or white. In looking at something at any particilar time we may conclude: "Yes, it is that way."  Then at another time, we may look at the same issue and conclude the 'opposite' and say: "Yes, it is that way."  This can be very conflictual and confusing when we realize that we are deciding that something is BOTH ways, when our minds tell us that can not be true...they are either this way or that way, they can't be both!

I could give you a ton of examples, but let me give you just one here....two quotes on Hope. 


“Hope is the worst of evils, for it prolongs the torment of man”   Friedrich Nietzsche

This can really seem to be true. One could hold out hope for something that may never come to pass and it could really paralyze that person.

“Hope is the thing with feathers, that perches in the soul, and sings the tune without words, and never stops at all.” Emily Dickinson

This can seem to be true as well!  One can have hope in the face of what appears as complete futility...be seen as denial of reality by others, but turn out to be the thing to 'allow' a miracle to appear!

 

Our minds WANT to decide which apparent opposite view is true.


par·a·dox

a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth.

 

The above two apparently contradictory quotes, together form a paradox.  Maybe they are both true!  That goes contrary to the nature of how our minds work.  When I recognize a paradox, I know I have stumbled upon a Truth. The more aware I become of just how many paradoxes there are in life, I realize that life itself is one big Paradox and TRUTH is all around me!  

 

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2 Responses Mar 10, 2010

Thanks for the Comment!

Well spoken!