Let's see what a paradox looks like in action. Here are a few from the book, "Oxymoronica" by Mardy Grothe, that make it clear exactly what a paradox is:
The superfluous is the most necessary.
Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.
I shut my eyes in order to see.
We learn from history that we do not learn from history.
We are never prepared for what we expect.
To be believed, make the truth unbelievable.
What we really want is for things to remain the same but get better.
-Sydney J. Harris
When a dog runs at you, whistle for him.
-Henry David Thoreau
Always be sincere, even if you don’t mean it.
-Harry S. Truman
Man can believe the impossible, but can never believe the improbable.
War is a series of catastrophes which result in a victory.
First I dream my painting, then I paint my dream.
-Vincent van Gogh
We are confronted by insurmountable opportunities.
-Walt Kelly, From Pogo
I want peace and I’m willing to fight for it.
-Harry S. Truman
Study the past, if you would divine the future.
-Confucius, in Analects
Love is a kind of warfare.
All works of art should begin…at the end.
-Edgar Allan Poe
The final delusion is the belief that one has lost all delusions.
A man chases a woman until she catches him.
The very nature of our true selves, when described, seems to be a paradox. There are countless contradictions about our reality and the way things work, due to the depth of the concepts. Just to name a few that I have observed:
- Empty space is full of infinite possibilities.
- The more you accept, the more control you have
- The better you teach, the more you learn
The list goes on and on. For plenty more on paradox and contradiction, read What Is Really Good? and stay tuned!