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Paradoxie – Widersinn

 

 

 

Digital verstärkte Fotografie der Wandfliesen
Museum Alhambra, Granada, Spanien

 

 

Ich komme, ich weiß nicht woher,
Ich bin, ich weiß nicht wer,
Ich sterb, ich weiß nicht wann,
Ich geh, ich weiß nicht wohin,
Mich wundert's, dass ich fröhlich bin.

Mittelalterlicher Sinnspruch

 


 

Dilemma des Relativismus

Vertreter des Relativismus argumentieren beispielsweise mit der verallgemeinernden Aussage

Alles ist relativ!

Ein übliches Argument zur Entkräftung relativistischer Standpunkte ist deren intrinsische Widersprüchlichkeit.

 


Labyrinth vor St. Lambertus, Mingolsheim

Die relativistische Behauptung Alles ist relativ! beinhaltet folgendes Paradox:

  1. Wird sie als relative Aussage verstanden, so schließt sie Absolutheit nicht aus und widerspricht sich damit selbst.
  2. Wird sie hingegen als absolute Aussage verstanden, liefert sie als solche das sie widerlegende Beispiel einer absoluten Behauptung und den Nachweis, dass eben nicht alle wahrheitshaltigen Aussagen relativ sind.

 

Dem moralischen Relativismus, welcher die Wahrheit des Absoluten und spirituelle Prinzipien verneint, schreibt Dr. Hawkins den einsetzenden Niedergang der westlichen Gesellschaft und der Welt im Allgemeinen zu. Er erklärte, dass das antike Rom nicht durch äußere Machthaber besiegt wurde, sondern infolge der Dekadenz im Inneren untergegangen ist.

 

Relativism denies the reality of the Absolute as it believes that all supposed truth is only social, linguistically constructed opinion (perception / definition / 'just rhetoric'). Therefore, relativism sees only perception and is blind to essence as well as context. Paradoxically, relativism considers its own premises to be absolute (as well as superior and elite). If all statements are hypothetically only semantic constructs then obviously that very statement itself has no inherent reality and is also just a value-laden linguistic construct. Thus, by it's own criteria, relativism is fallacious. Dr. David R. Hawkins (1927-2012) US American physician, psychiatrist, controversial spiritual teacher, author, Reality, Spirituality and Modern Man, S. 136, 2008

 

Hinweis: ► Im Allgemeinen schwingt Relativismus auf einem Bewusstseinswert von 185, der erkenntnistheoretische Relativismus 190 – nach der Skala des Bewusstseins, die von dem US-amerikanischen Psychiater Dr. David R. Hawkins entwickelt wurde.

Die fünfte Dimension ist kleiner als ein Atomkern.


Skulptur nach einer Zeichnung des Grafikers M. C. Escher (1898-1972)

Sidney Coleman, der Vorsitzende der Fakultät für Physik in Harvard und Alan Guth, Physiker am Massachussetts Institute of Technology (MIT) und einer der führenden Experten auf dem Forschungsgebiet zur Entstehung des Universums, erklärten, dass heute ein Großteil der Physiker darin übereinstimme, dass es eine fünfte Dimension gebe. Es sei allerdings bis zum heutigen Tag niemand imstande, ihre Beschaffenheit zu definieren. Beide vertreten die Ansicht, dass hierbei ein Paradoxon vorliege.
Nämlich: Die fünfte Dimension ist kleiner als ein Atomkern, in dem die Erde mitsamt dem Universum Platz findet.

Paradox der Entschleunigung


Till Eulenspiegel, Brunnenfigur in Magdeburg

Till Eulenspiegel ging eines schönen Tages mit seinem Bündel an Habseligkeiten zu Fuß zur nächsten Stadt.
Auf einmal hörte er, wie sich schnell Hufgeräusche näherten und eine Kutsche neben ihm anhielt.
Der Kutscher hatte es sehr eilig und rief:

"Sag schnell – wie weit ist es bis zur nächsten Stadt?"

Till Eulenspiegel antwortete:

"Wenn Ihr langsam fahrt, dauert es wohl eine halbe Stunde. Fahrt Ihr schnell, so dauert es zwei Stunden, mein Herr."
"Du Narr",

schimpfte der Kutscher und trieb die Pferde zu einem schnellen Galopp an und die Kutsche entschwand Till Eulenspiegels Blick.

 

Till Eulenspiegel ging gemächlich seines Weges auf der Straße, die viele Schlaglöcher hatte. Nach etwa einer Stunde sah er nach einer Kurve eine Kutsche im Graben liegen. Die Vorderachse war gebrochen und es war just der Kutscher von vorhin, der sich nun fluchend daran machte, die Kutsche wieder zu reparieren.

 

Der Kutscher bedachte Till Eulenspiegel mit einem bösen und vorwurfsvollen Blick, worauf dieser nur sagte:

"Ich sagte es doch: Wenn Ihr langsam fahrt, eine halbe Stunde."
Quelle: ► Lothar J. Seiwert (*1952) deutscher Ratgeberautor, Wenn du es eilig hast, gehe langsam,
S. 21, Campus Fachbuch Verlag, Amazon.de Sonderausgabe 17. April 2003
Siehe auch: ► Paradox und ► Zeit

Oxymora – Paradoxe Wortkombinationen


Eierlegende Wollmilchsau


Ein Oxymoron ist komprimiertes Paradox, eine Redewendung, in der zwei gegensätzliche, einander scheinbar widersprechende oder sich gegenseitig ausschließende Begriffe in einem Wort oder Kurzformel erscheinen.

Oxymoron – Wortkombination aus dem Griechischen: oxys = scharf(sinnig) und moros = dumm
"Scharfsinnig dumm" ist ebenfalls eine oxymoronische Zwillingsformulierung und eine contradictio in adiecto.

Autologien, Pleonasmen, Antithesen, Paradoxa und (unmittelbare) Widersprüche in sich (contradictio in adiecto) unterscheiden sich jeweils voneinander.

 

Paradoxe Denkgebäude/Konzepte – angenommen vom "gesunden Menschenverstand"
Oxymoronischer BegriffUrsprungsautor, WerkOxymoronischer BegriffUrsprungsautor, Werk
"Diese Fülle hat mich arm gemacht."
"Plenty has made me poor."
"Inopem me copia fecit."
Ovid, "Metamorphosen",
Buch III", Vers 466
"Krieg ist Frieden,
Freiheit ist Sklaverei,
Unwissenheit ist Stärke.
"
George Orwell, "1984"
Drei aneinander gereihte Oxymora
"Unsichtbar sichtbar"JWvGoethe,
Faust I, Vers 3450
"Es lebe der Tod!"
"¡Viva la muerte!"
Wahlspruch der spanischen
Falangisten im Bürgerkrieg
"Ehemalige Zukunft"Ödön von Horváth,
"Jugend ohne Gott"
"Einheit in Vielfalt"Motto der Europäischen Union
"Offenes Geheimnis"
"Offenbar Geheimnis"
JWvGoethe, "West-östlicher Divan"
Contradictio in adiecto
"Sachliche·Romanze"Erich Kästner, Gedicht "Sachliche Romanze"
"Schwarze Milch"Paul Celan, Gedicht "Todesfuge""Stummer Schrei"US-amerikanischer Thriller, 1994
"Eile mit Weile"
Hâte-toi lentement
Chi va piano va sano!
Name eines Schweizer-
italienischen Brettspiels
"Weniger ist mehr"
"Less is more!"
Geflügeltes Wort
"Schwarze Sonne"Zwölf ringförmig gespiegelte Siegrunen bzw. drei übereinander gelegte Hakenkreuze"Eierlegende·Wollmilchsau"Umgangssprachliche deutsche Redewendung

 

Paradoxe Redewendungen – angenommen vom "gesunden Menschenverstand"
Absichtliches VersehenAlter KnabeAusnahmeregel
Regelausnahme
Barrierefreies Gefängnis1
BürgeradelDoppelhaushälfteFleischkäseFriedenspanzer
Determinativkompositum
Flüssiggas
Zweierlei Aggregatzustände
GefrierbrandGlückselige Schuld
Felix culpa
Hallenfreibad
HandschuhHassliebeJauchzender SchmerzLautes Schweigen
Rundes QuadratSchwarzschimmelSelbsthilfegruppeUnreine Jungfrau
Unsichtbar sichtbarTrauerfeierTraurigfrohWahlpflichtfach

 

Zirkelschluss über die vollkommene Niemandheit
Ich bin niemand. Niemand ist vollkommen. Deshalb bin ich vollkommen. Unbekannt

 

O reiche Armuth! Gebend, seliges Empfangen!
In Zagheit Mut! in Freiheit doch gefangen.
In Stummheit Sprache,
Schüchtern bei Tage,
Siegend mit zaghaftem Bangen.
Lebendiger Tod, im Einen sel'gen Leben
Schwelgend in Noth, im Widerstand ergeben,
Genießend schmachten,
Nie satt betrachten
Leben im Traum und doppelt Leben.
Karoline von Günderrode (1780-1806) deutsche Dichterin, Gedicht Liebe

 

Finster war's, der Mond schien helle
Auf die grünbeschneite Flur,
Als ein Wagen blitzesschnelle
Langsam um die Ecke fuhr.
Drinnen saßen stehend Leute
Schweigend ins Gespräch vertieft,
Als ein totgeschossner Hase
Schnell an ihn’n vorüber lief.
Unsinnsgedicht mit Oxymora und Contradictio in adiecto

 

Quelle: ► Artikel Beispiele für das Oxymoron, präsentiert von dem Deutschportal Wortwuchs, undatiert
Referenz: de.Wikipedia-Eintrag Oxymoron
Siehe auch: ► Witze und ► Zen Geschichten

Zitate zum Thema Paradoxa und Paradoxie / Paradoxes and the paradoxical

Religiöse Zitate

  • Neti, Neti.
    Übersetzung: Weder dies noch das.
    Sanskrit expression

 


Birken auf der Heide, Kalmthout, Belgien
  • Es bewegt sich, es bewegt sich nicht. Es ist weit, und es ist nahe. Es ist in all diesem, und es ist außerhalb von all diesem. Isha Upanischade, hinduistische philosophische Lehren

 

  • Man kann sich als Bild ein Rad mit Speichen denken. Die Speichen sind die Religionen – nach außen hin entfernen sie sich immer mehr voneinander, gegen die Radnabe hin nähern sie sich alle. Und ganz in der Mitte eines jeden Rades gibt es einen geradezu mystischen Punkt, der still steht. Das klingt völlig paradox. Aber wenn wir darüber nachdenken, muss es diesen Punkt geben. In diesem Punkt ist alles äußerlich auseinanderstrebende eins. «Synthesis» hätten das die alten Griechen genannt. Hier liegt der Punkt der kompromisslosen Kommunikation, hier sind alle Speichen des Rades eins, ohne dass ihre Funktion nach außen dadurch aufgehoben oder verwischt würde. So führen die Brücken von Religion zu Religion über diesen transzendenten Punkt, der allen gemeinsam ist. In dieser nur mit Intuition zu erfassenden Dimension, in dieser «Kommunikation der Tiefe», wie sie einmal genannt wurde, sind alle Widersprüche aufgehoben, ohne dass die Grenzen der großen Lehren und Weltreligionen dadurch verwischt würden. Peter Grieder (1928-2012) Schweizer Kurator des Tibet-Instituts, Rikon, Schweiz, Beiratsmitglied der Weltbürgerbewegung, Tibet. Land zwischen Himmel und Erde. Eine Reise ins Innere’', Kapitel Gibt es Brücken zwischen den Religionen?'', E-Fachbuch, 1993

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  • Eine Frau ist eigentlich ein Mann, nur eben weiblicher. Absurdes Paradox des deutschen Frauenkabarettduos Missfits (1985-2005)

 

  • Würdest Du mir bitte sagen, wie ich von hier aus weitergehen soll?
    Das hängt zum großen Teil davon ab, wohin Du möchtest, sagte die Katze.
Lewis Carroll (1832-1898) englischer Schriftsteller des viktorianischen Zeitalters, Fotograf, Mathematiker, Logiker, Diakon, Alice im Wunderland, Erstveröffentlichung 1865

 

  • Das Loslassen habe ich jetzt fest im Griff. Paradoxe Aussage

Tautologien

  • Die ernste Sache ist eine wahre Freude. [Res severa verum gaudium.] Lucius Annaeus Seneca (~1/4-65 n. Chr.) römischer stoischer Philosoph, Staatsmann, Naturforscher, Dramatiker, Epistulae morales [Briefe über Ethik an Lucilius] Sammlung von 124 Briefen, 23, 4, 65 n. Chr.

 

Gemeint ist der Grundsatz der widerlegbaren Vermutung von Fahrlässigkeit oder Beweis des ersten Anscheins.
Sarkastischer pseudo-lateinischer Kommentar: Auch wenn eine Situation "für sich selbst spricht", muss man dennoch ihre Bedeutung erfassen.

  • Die Sache spricht für sich selbst.
    Lat.: Res ipsa loquitur.
    • Die Sache spricht für sich selbst, aber was zum Teufel sagt sie?
      Lat.: Res ipsa loquitur, sed quid in infernos dicit?

 

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Bushismus

  • Meist findet eine Überraschung statt, wenn man sie nicht erwartet hat. George W. Bush (*1943) 43. US-amerikanischer Präsident (2000-2009), verurteilter Kriegsverbrecher, November 2011

 

  • Kräht der Hahn auf dem Mist, so ändert sich's Wetter oder es bleibt wie es ist. Deutsche Bauernregel

 

Referenz: de.Wikipedia-Eintrag Tautologie

Tragische Zitate

  • Gib' uns Brot!, fordern die Frauen, die sich ihre hungrigen Kinder nicht ernähren können.
Wenn sie kein Brot haben, sollen sie eben Kuchen essen!, soll Marie Antoinette, nicht vertraut mit der grausamen Realität von Armut und Hunger, geantwortet haben.

Zitate allgemein

Die Ersten werden die Letzten sein, und die Letzten werden die Ersten sein. Matthäus 19, 30 (NT)

 

Die Könige der Nationen spielen sich als Herren über sie auf, und die, die Gewalt über sie haben, werden Wohltäter genannt. Ihr aber sollt nicht so sein, sondern möge der, der unter euch der Größte ist, wie der Jüngste werden und der, der als Oberster auftritt, wie der Dienende. Lukas 22, 25-26 (NT)

 

Persönliche Bekenntnisse

  • Ich hatte das Glück, durch die Quantenphysik erkennen zu können, dass alle Paradoxa der Quantenphysik gelöst werden können, sobald wir Bewusstsein als Urgrund des Seins anerkennen. Interview mit Amit Goswami, Ph.D. (*1936) indienstämmiger US-amerikanischer Professor für theoretische Nuklear- und Quantenphysik, Universität Kalkutta und Universität von Oregon (1968-1997), Quantenkosmologe, Begründer des 'monistischen Idealismus', Autor, Wissenschaftlicher Gottesbeweis?, präsentiert von Magazin Was ist Erleuchtung?, Craig Hamilton, US-amerikanischer Pionier in emergierender evolutionärer Spiritualität, WIE-Chefredakteur (1998-12/2006), Heft 11, Oktober 2004

 

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Metaphorische Umkreisungen – Zutritt zur Geisterwelt

 


Windrad

 

  • Ich weiß nicht, wer das Wasser entdeckt hat, aber ich bin mir ziemlich sicher, dass es kein Fisch war. Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980) kanadischer Philosoph, Geisteswissenschaftler, Professor für englische Literatur, Literaturkritiker, Kommunikationstheoretiker, Quelle unbekannt

 

  • Widerspreche ich mir selbst? Nun gut, ich widerspreche mir. Ich bin groß, ich bestehe aus Heerscharen. Walt Whitman (1819-1892) US-amerikanischer Quäker, Journalist, Dichter, Quelle unbekannt

 

Zukunftsaussichten

  • Aber es wird ein Tag kommen, da meine Hand weit von mir sein wird,
    und wenn ich sie schreiben heißen werde, wird sie Worte schreiben, die ich nicht meine.
    Die Zeit der ande­ren Auslegung wird anbrechen, und es wird kein Wort auf dem anderen bleiben,
    und jeder Sinn wird wie Wolken sich auflösen und wie Wasser niedergehen.
Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) böhmisch-österreichischer Dichter, Werke in drei Bänden, S. 490, Insel Verlag, Leipzig, 1. Auflage 1966

 

Geständnis eines ehemaligen Normopathen: In nicht von einer Welt des Sollens

  • Ich gehörte zu jener seltsamen Rasse von Menschen,
    die treffend beschrieben werden als Leute, die
    ihr Leben lang Dinge tun, die ihnen zuwider sind,
    um Geld zu verdienen, das sie nicht wollen,
    um Dinge zu kaufen, die sie nicht brauchen,
    um Leute zu beeindrucken, die sie nicht mögen.
Emile Gauvreau (1891-1956) US-amerikanischer Schriftleiter von Zeitungen, Autor, Quelle unbekannt

 

Empfehlungen

  • Geh' nicht links, geh' nicht rechts: geh' tiefer. Rev. Jim Wallis (*1948) US-amerikanischer politischer Aktivist, Chefredakteur des Magazins "Sojourners",  evangelikalischer christlicher Autor, Quelle unbekannt

 

Einsichten

  • Die Normalsten sind die kränkesten, und die Kranken sind die Gesündesten. Videointerview mit Erich Fromm (1900-1980) deutsch-US-amerikanischer Sozialpsychologe, Psychoanalytiker, humanistischer Philosoph, Autor, Krank sind die Angepaßten!, präsentiert von TV Sender  Bayern alpha, Masters of Wisdom, YouTube, 2:10 minutes duration, posted 10. February 2013
  • Fast alles was du tust, ist unwichtig, aber es ist wichtig das du es tust, weil es niemand sonst tun würde.
    [Freie Übersetzung: "Was immer du tust, ist unbedeutend, aber es ist wichtig, dass du es tust."] Mohandas Karamchand Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) indischer hinduistischer Weiser, spiritueller Führer der indischen Unabhängigkeitsbewegung, Menschenrechtsanwalt, gewaltloser Widerstandskämpfer zur Durchsetzung politischer Ziele, humanistischer Weiser, asketischer Morallehrer, Pazifist, Publizist, Quelle unbekannt

 

  • Der machtvollste Willensakt ist, keinen [eigenen] Willen zu haben. Es ist ein Paradox. Caroline Myss, Ph.D. Myss.com (*1952) US-amerikanische mystische Bewusstseinslehrerin, Energiemedizinerin, intuitive Diagnostikerin, Bestsellerautorin, Quelle unbekannt

 

 

  • Das Gegenteil einer trivialen Wahrheit ist falsch, die Entsprechung einer großen Wahrheit ist ebenfalls wahr. Niels Bohr (1885-1962) dänischer Quantenphysiker, Nobelpreisträger für Physik, 1922

 

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Lösungsstau angesichts der "Rechtfertigung Gottes"

Theodizee-Paradoxon2
Barth führt aus, dass der Mensch nicht dazu berechtigt sei, Gott hinsichtlich der Existenz des Bösen anzuklagen.

 

  • Das Paradoxe in alledem ist, dass der Konflikt im Reich der Linearität notwendig war, bis dies nicht mehr der Fall ist. Videointerview mit Christoph Karl La Due, US-amerikanischer inselbegabter, autodidaktischer Erfinder, Gründer von Holophasec 3D technologies, Holophasec Energy, präsentiert von Conscious Media Network, Gastgeberin, Gründerin und Produzentin Regina Meredith, Minute 29:22, 58:37 Minuten Dauer, eingestellt November 2009 Gelöscht

 


Ölgemälde Friedhof im Schnee, 1826
Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840) deutscher Maler
  • Entfremde das Vertraute und mache dir das Fremde vertraut. William J. J. Gordon (1919-2003) US-amerikanischer Psychologe, Erfinder, Begründer der Synektik-Methode, 1944

 

  • Minder ist oft mehr. Christoph Martin Wieland (1733-1813) deutscher Dichter, Übersetzer, Herausgeber zur Zeit der Aufklärung, Der Teutsche Merkur, 1774
    • Less is more. Robert Browning [Werk BW 450] (1812-1889) englischer Dichter, Bühnenschriftsteller der viktorianischen Zeit, Andrea del Sarto, 1855

 

  • Tiefgreifende Veränderungen anstreben, heißt, Lösungen zu suchen, die verletzlich machen – und genau das lehnen die meisten Menschen ab. [...] Paradoxerweise wirkt genau das, was scheinbar zu nichts führt. [...] Die Ermutigung, sich anderen Menschen gegenüber verletzlich zu zeigen, bietet einen Ausweg aus der Scham. Patrick Carnes, Ph.D. C.A.S., führender US-amerikanischer Sexsuchtexperte und -therapeut, Minneapolis, Wenn Sex zur Sucht wird, S. 254, Kösel-Verlag, 1992

 

  • Gott zählt Menschen nicht eins, zwei, drei sondern eins, eins, eins.   Prof. Ernst Fuchs (1930-2015) österreichischer Maler, Grafiker, Bildhauer, Architekt, Komponist, visionärer Philosoph, Gründer der Wiener Schule des Phantastischen Realismus, Autor, Quelle unbekannt

 

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Paradox von Getrenntsein vs. Verbundenheit

  • Das vielleicht schicksalhafteste Paradox stellt unser gleichzeitiges Bedürfnis nach Erkennen und Unabhängigkeit dar: Das andere Subjekt steht außerhalb unserer Kontrolle, und doch brauchen wir es. […] Das heißt nicht, unsere Bindungen zu anderen zu lösen, sondern eher sie zu entwirren; keine Fesseln daraus zu machen, sondern einen Kreislauf des Erkennens. Jessica Benjamin (*1946) US-amerikanische Psychoanalytikerin, Feministin, The Bonds of Love, New York 1988

 

  • Wer den Himmel im Wasser sieht, sieht die Fische auf den Bäumen. Widersinniger Koan aus China

 

  • Es schmerzt, auf Messers Schneide zu gehen.
    Sinne nicht auf rächenden Ausgleich, sondern werde ungewöhnlicher. Amerikanisches Wortspiel von unbekannt

Zitate von David R. Hawkins

⚠ Achtung Siehe Power vs. Truth (engl.) Januar 2013

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Wahrnehmungs-Paradox

Zirkelschluss – Gesuchtes sucht Sucher

  • Das innerste Sein aller Existenz und Schöpfung ist der Zustand von Subjektivität. GOTT ist wirklich die Essenz von Subjektivität. Was von der Existenz wahrgenommen werden kann, ist das Gewahrsein der Gegenwart GOTTES in uns. Mit dieser Erkenntnis lösen wir den spirituellen Zirkelschluss, dass das, was sucht, dasjenige ist, was gesucht wird. Bezogen auf die Essenz ist es das Subjektive, das nach dem Subjektiven sucht. Die Illusion, dass es ein dualistisches Gegensatzpaar, genannt subjektiv kontra objektiv, gäbe, löst sich auf. Das tiefste menschliche Paradoxon ist, dass die Abhängigkeit von der Wahrnehmung den Menschen daran hindert, seine eigene Identität zu erkennen. Dr. David R. Hawkins, Das All-sehende Auge, S. 314, 4. Absatz, 2006

 

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Paradox der Ungerechtigkeit

  • Ohne Karma zu verstehen, erscheint das irdische Leben ungerecht und grausam. Für den naiven Betrachter sieht es so aus, als würden die Bösen laufen gelassen, während die Unschuldigen geschlachtet werden. Deshalb ist Glaube die Krücke, auf die die meisten Menschen sich stützen, um dieses Paradox zu erklären. Glaube ist die Überzeugung, dass es jenseits des Anscheins eine göttliche Wirklichkeit gibt. Dr. David R. Hawkins, Licht des Alls. Die Wirklichkeit des Göttlichen, S. 344, 2006

 

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Paradox der Gegensätze

 

Paradox der Existenz: Siehe englische Zitate

General quotes

I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you. Jesus, Matthew 5, 44 (NT)

 

Jesus said to them: "When you make the two [i.e. brain hemispheres] into one, and when you make the inside as the outside, and the outside as the inside, and the upper as the lower, and when you make the male and the female into a single one, so that the male is not male and the female not female, and when you make eyes in place of an eye, and a hand in place of a hand, and a foot in place of a foot, an image in place of an image, then shall you enter [the kingdom]." Gospel of Thomas, verse 22, part of the Biblical apocrypha, 50-140, 350 AD, rediscovered 1945

 

4. Unmoving, It is one, faster than the mind. The senses cannot reach It, for It proceeds ahead. Remaining static It overtakes others that run. On account of Its presence. Matarsiva (the wind) conducts the activities of beings.
5. It moves; It moves not. It is far; It is near. It is within all; It is without all.
36, Isavasya Upanishad, translated by Vidyavachaspati V. Panoli

 

Personal avowals

 

  • I wonder why progress looks so much like destruction. John Steinbeck (1902-1968) US American journalist, CIA agent, novelist, Pulitzer Prize laureate, 1940, Nobel laureate in literature, 1962, source unknown

 

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Confession by a recovered normopath:

Resigned from a world of shoulds

  • I was part of that strange race of people
    aptly described as spending their lives doing things they detest
    to make money they don't want
    to buy things they don't need
    to impress people they dislike.
Emile Gauvreau (1891-1956) US American newspaper editor, writer, source unknown

 

Recommendations

  • Don't go left, don't go right: go deeper. Rev. Jim Wallis (*1948) US American evangelical Christian writer, political activist, editor-in-chief Sojourners, source unknown

 

Appeal

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Note:

Paradox of tolerance

  • Less well known is the paradox of tolerance: Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them. […]
    We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant. Karl Raimund Popper (1902-1994) Austrian British professor of Western philosophy, philosophers of science, author, Open Society and Its Enemies Vol. 1, Routledge, 1945, edited version 1995

 

Conclusions

  • You are not just the drop in the ocean. You are the mighty ocean in the drop. Jalal ad-Din Muḥammad Rumi (1207-1273) Persian Muslim Sufi mystic, jurist, theologian, poet, source unknown

 

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Neurological and philosophical paradox: Division and union – in a unified manner

  • We need both these processes [of each brain hemisphere]. We need division and we need union, but those two need also to be unified. Video lecture entitled Our Mind at War by Iain McGilchrist, M.D., British psychiatrist, physician, literary scholar, New College, Oxford, neuroimaging researcher, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, writer, The Divided Brain, sponsored by the Literary Review of Canada, filmed by Canadian TV station TVO, Ontario, location: Gardiner Museum, Toronto, 5. March 2012, YouTube film, minute 39:51, 52:08 minutes duration, posted 4. May 2012

 

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Effect of layered web of lies

  • A truth’s initial commotion is directly proportional to how deeply the lie was believed. It wasn’t the world being round that agitated people, but that the world wasn’t flat. When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic. Donald James Wheal [Thomas Dresden] (1931-2008) British scriptwriter, television writer, non-fiction writer, novelist, source unknown

 

  • You learn more and more that everything exists at once with its opposite, so the contradictions of life are never-ending and somehow the mediation between these opposites is the game of life. Milton Glaser (*1929) US American graphic designer, source unknown

 

Insights

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Orwellian deceit

  • None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free. The truth has been kept from the depth of their minds by masters who rule them with lies. They feed them on falsehoods till wrong looks like right in their eyes. Johann Wolfgang Goethe (1749-1832) German polymath, poet, playwright, dramatist, novelist, aphorism

 

  
Swanstone near Lohme, island Rügen, Germany, April 2006
  • There is nothing absolute and final. If everything were ironclad, all the rules absolute and everything structured so no paradox or irony existed, you couldn't move. One could say that man sneaks through the crack where paradox exists. Itzhak Bentov ( 1923-1979) Czech-born Israeli American scientist, inventor, mystic, author, A Cosmic Book. On the Mechanics of Creation, 1988

 

  • We are broken. And we will not be mended. Until we remember that we are unbreakable. Louise Diamond, Ph.D., US American graduate of Peace Studies, The Union Institute, Cincinnati, Ohio, founder of The Peace Company

 

  • Water is fluid, soft and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. The wise leader knows that yielding overcomes resistance, and gentleness melts rigid defences. The leader does not fight the force of the group’s energy, but flows and yields and absorbs and let’s go. A leader must endure a great deal of abuse. If the leader were not like water, the leader would break. The ability to be soft makes the leader a leader. This is another paradox: what is soft is strong. Lao Tzu (604-531 BC) Chinese sage, philosopher, founder of Daoism, cited in: John Heider (1936-2010) US American Taoist, The Tao of Leadership. Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching Adapted for a New Age, Greendragon Publishing, 19. April 1986

 

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Still-point of Tao

  • When there is no more separation between "this" and "that," it is called the still-point of Tao. At the still-point in the center of the circle, one sees the infinite in all things. Zhuangzi [Chuang Tzu] (~365-290 BC) influential Chinese philosopher during the warring states period

 

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Two domains of will

God's Will vs. personal will

  • The most powerful act of will is to have no will. It's a paradox. Caroline Myss, Ph.D. Myss.com (*1952) US American spiritual teacher, mystic, medical intuitive, five-time New York Times bestseller author, source unknown

 

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The end of the age of reason

  • The earth is conscious. Nature is conscious. All life is conscious. […] In keeping with the paradox of the Divine, our Enlightenment [the age of reason] turned the light off. The Enlightenment that began in the late 1400s, in fact, was the beginning of turning off our inner light. We began to take a reason[able] look at the universe. Everything had to have a reason. The end result was: everything that couldn't reason ceased to have value. Trees can't reason. Nature can't reason. Women don't reason very well. They are very emotional. […]
    Intuition, the mystical sense, started to frighten people. […] Women don't trust their own mystical sense. They deny their own. [They]'ve bought into the system that reason governs the soul. Video DVD presentation by Caroline Myss, Ph.D. Myss.com (*1952) US American spiritual teacher, mystic, medical intuitive, five-time New York Times bestseller author, The Sacred Spaces in Morocco, part 1, lesson 1, minutes 35:39, 36:43, 65:01 minutes duration, Morocco, recorded 15.-26. October 2011

 

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Reality vs. paradoxy

  • True, the "sense" is often something that could just as well be called "nonsense," for there is a certain incommensurability between the mystery of existence and human understanding. […] "Sense" [reality] and "nonsense" [paradoxy] are merely man-made labels which serve to give us a reasonably valid sense of direction. Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) Swiss psychiatrist, psychoanalytist, founder of a new school of depth psychology, author, Psychology and Alchemy – Collected Works of C. G. Jung, Volume 12, S. 222, 1944, Routledge, London, 2nd edition 1968

 

  • Oddly enough, the paradox is one of our most valuable spiritual possessions, while uniformity of meaning is a sign of weakness. Hence a religion becomes inwardly impoverished when it loses or waters down its paradoxes; but their multiplication enriches because only the paradox comes anywhere near to comprehending the fullness of life. Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) Swiss psychiatrist, psychoanalytist, founder of a new school of depth psychology, author, R. F. C. Hull, editor, Jolande Jacobi, editor, C. G. Jung Psychological Reflections. A New Anthology of His Writings, 1905-1961, S. 356, 1945, Princeton University Press, New Jersey, 1. May 1973

 

 

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Freedom lies in the dependence of God

  • Can you believe that autonomy is meaningful apart from Him [God]?
    The belief in ego autonomy is costing you the knowledge of your dependence on God, in which your freedom lies. The ego sees all dependency as threatening, and has twisted even your longing for God into a means of establishing itself. But do not be deceived by its interpretation of your conflict. The ego always attacks on behalf of separation. Believing it has the power to do this, it does nothing else, because its goal of autonomy is nothing else. The ego is totally confused about reality, but it does not lose sight of its goal. It is much more vigilant than you are, because it is perfectly certain of its purpose. You are confused, because you do not know yours. A Course in Miracles workbook, Urtext, chapter 10, section 6, 26. August 1966

 

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Rapier-tongued Churchill to Sir Thomas:

Referring to the Cabinet stuck in the Chamberlainian paradox

  • The Government cannot make up their minds, and so
    ➤ they decide only to be undecided,
    ➤ resolve only to be irresolute,
    ➤ are adamant for drift,
    ➤ solid for fluidity,
    ➤ all-powerful but impotent! Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British prime minister of the United Kingdom during the 2nd World War (1940-1945) and (1951-1955), racist war criminal, source unknown

 

  • It is true that a lotus flower may be born of a quagmire, but it is also true that we can be pricked by a splendid rose. Raimon Panikkar (1918-2010) Catalan Spanish Roman Catholic priest, scholar, proponent of inter-religious dialogue, Opera Omnia Volume III Christianity, Part Two A Christophany, S. 155, Orbis Books, Maryknoll, New York, 2016

 

  • Spirit is the suchness, the isness, the essence of each and every thing that exists. [...]
    Paradox is simply the way nonduality looks to the mental level. Spirit itself is not paradoxical; strictly speaking, it is not characterizable at all. [...]
    Hierarchy is illusion. There are levels of illusion, not levels of reality. [...]
    You go from unconscious Hell to conscious Hell, and being conscious of Hell, of samsara, of lacerating existence, is what makes growing up – and being an adult – such a nightmare of misery and alienation. [...]
    Development is not regression in service of ego, but evolution in transcendence of ego. Ken Wilber (*1949) US American transpersonal philosopher, consciousness researcher, thought leader of the 3rd millennium, author, The Eye of Spirit. An Integral Vision for a World Gone Slightly Mad, chapter 1 The Spectrum of Consciousness: Integral Psychology and the Perennial Philosophy, Shambhala Publications, 1998, Boston, 3rd subedition 11. December 2001

 


Paradoxical graphic "Impossible Cube"
M. C. Escher (1898-1972) Dutch graphic artist
  • Spirituality means waking up. Most people, even though they don’t know it, are asleep. They’re born asleep, they live asleep, they marry in their sleep, they breed children in their sleep, they die in their sleep without ever waking up. They never understand the loveliness and the beauty of this thing that we call human existence. You know – all mystics – Catholic, Christian, non-Christian, no matter what their theology, no matter what their religion – are unanimous on one thing: that all is well, all is well.
    Though everything is a mess, all is well.
    Strange paradox, to be sure.
    But, tragically, most people never get to see that all is well because they are asleep. They are having a nightmare. Anthony de Mello SJ (1931-1987) Indian Catholic Jesuit priest, psychotherapist, spiritual leader, cited in Steve Brown, Approaching God. How to Pray, S. 94, 1995, Ballantine Books, 1st paperback edition April 1996

 

  • The Master maintained that what the whole world held to be true is false; so the pioneer is always in a minority of one. He said: "You think of Truth as if it were a formula you can pick up from a book. If you wish to follow Truth you must learn to walk alone." Anthony de Mello SJ (1931-1987) Indian Catholic Jesuit priest, psychotherapist, spiritual leader, Parables of the Master

 

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Consciousness vs. reason/science:

  • Science can explain what's happening down inside atoms and what's happening at the edge of the universe, but it cannot explain consciousness. It's a paradox – without consciousness there would be no science, but science doesn't know what to do, at all, with consciousness. Peter Russell, M.A., D.C.S. (*1946) awakened British physicist, visionary futurist, eco-philosopher, producer of three films on consciousness, author, Science and Spirituality, presented by Timeline, March/April 1999

 

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Language of paradox and mystery

  • Reality is paradoxical and complementary. Non-dual thinking is the highest level of consciousness. Divine union, not private perfection, is the goal of all religion.
    Spiritual teachers teach in the language of paradox and mystery and what seems like contradiction, but then they show us that it is not contradiction at all. A paradox is seeming contradiction which is not really contradictory at all if looked at from another angle or through a larger frame. A paradox always demands a change on the side of the observer. If we look at almost all things honestly we see everything has a character of paradox to it. Everything, including ourselves, and most especially God, has some seeming contradictions, some mysterious parts that we cannot understand or explain. Can you think of an exception? Institutions, countries, groups, religions, and persons have many inherent contradictions. Understanding a paradox is to look at something long enough so as to overcome the contradiction and see things at a different level of consciousness. This should be one of the primary and totally predictable effects of authentic God experience. God surely greases the wheels of awareness and even the evolution of humanity by growing people toward a much higher capacity. Wouldn’t you expect God to have that effect? Father Richard Rohr O.F.M. (*1943) US American Franciscan friar, author, Richard Rohr's Daily Meditation, Meditation 29 of 52, The Art of Letting Go, CD,  2013

 

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Twisted language

  • [The anthropologist Graham Townsley translates the Peruvian term "Tsai Yoshtoyoshto" [spirit language] as "twisted language". [A Yaminahua shaman from Amazonia who he interviewed stated,] With my koshuiti [twisted language song] I want to see – singing, I carefully examine things – twisted language brings me close but not too close – with normal words I would crash into things – with twisted ones I circle around them – I can see them clearly.
    [Direct and concrete language frightens the spirits and therefore according to Townsley must be] deliberately constructed in an elliptical and multi-referential fashion so as to mirror the refractory nature of the beings who are their objects. Yoshi are real beings who are both 'like and not like' the things they animate. They have no stable or unitary nature and thus, paradoxically, the 'seeing as' of 'twisted language' is the only way of adequately describing them. Metaphor here is not improper naming but the only proper naming possible. Article by Graham Townsley, Canadian-British anthropologist, film producer, director, writer, Song Paths The Ways and Means of Yaminahua Shamanic Knowledge, presented by L'Homme Année, volume 33, issue 126, S. 449-468, 1993
    Alternative source: Jeremy Narby (*1959) Swiss-Canadian anthropologist, author, The Cosmic Serpent. DNA and the Origins of Knowledge, S. 79, Georg, 1998, Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, 5. April 1999

 

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Consenting to suffering that is greater than one's ego

 

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Meanings of MYTH:

Original meaning: "Emergent truth" ❄ Secondary meaning: "Falsehood"

  • Words have a range of meanings. […] The word 'myth' nowadays means false. […] One of the true meanings of the word 'myth' is emergent truth. The word that means truth has now come to mean false. Words can change that much. But words have a way of making comeback. […] At the end of an era fact and myth approach each other. Video presentation by Michael Meade Mosaicvoices.org US American storyteller, mythologist, ritualist, spokesman in the Men's Movement, author, Facebook entry, posted 5. April 2010, Mythic Nature of the Soul, YouTube film, minute 3:34, 6:42 minutes duration, posted 3. August 2011

 

  • Human consciousness does not emerge at any depth except through struggling with your shadow. I wish someone had told me that when I was young. It is in facing your conflicts, criticisms, and contradictions that you grow up. You actually need to have some problems, enemies, and faults! You will remain largely unconscious as a human being until issues come into your life that you cannot fix or control and something challenges you at your present level of development, forcing you to expand and deepen. It is in the struggle with our shadow self, with failure, or with wounding, that we break into higher levels of consciousness. I doubt whether there is any other way. People who refine this consciousness to a high spiritual state, who learn to name and live with paradoxes, are the people I would call prophetic speakers. We must refine and develop this gift. Father Richard Rohr O.F.M. (*1943) US American Franciscan friar, adapted from Prophets Then, Prophets Now, 7 Audio CDs, 2006   

 

  • Being a prophet demands two seemingly opposites: radical traditionalism and shocking iconoclasm at the same time. If people see just one of those first, they’ll presume you’re only that. 'Oh, he’s just a pious little Christian boy' or 'She’s an angry woman!' They cannot imagine that those two can really coexist, tame, and educate one another. Holding the tension of opposites is the necessary education of the prophet, and the Church has given little energy to it. Frankly, it takes non-dual thinking to pull this off, and we have pretty much trained people in the simplistic choosing of one idealized alternative while denigrating the other. Father Richard Rohr O.F.M. (*1943) US American Franciscan friar, unknown source

 

  • [T]he function of a mythic belief system is to tell stories that eliminate the uncanny, the absurd, the bizarre and the dissonant from our self-understanding, with the all too human dream of a final pattern that makes everything make sense.
    There is, however, another kind of story that functions in a way that is radically otherwise to a mythic belief-system: a parable – a paradox formed into story (e.g. Jesus). This different kind of story doesn't so much bring about a reconciliation of opposites as it derails the very edifice of one's social, political and religious landscape.
    Simply put, if myth is the agent of order and stability, a parable (poetics of paradox) is the agent of rupture, disequilibrium and (hopefully) transformation. These paradoxes can are consistently found at the heart of the parables and short stories of the historical Jesus, and they are always a somewhat unnerving experience. You can usually recognize a paradox because your immediate reaction will be something along the lines of "I don’t know what you mean by that story but I’m certain I don’t like it." John Dominic Crossan (*1934) Irish US American religious scholar, former Catholic priest, co-founder of Jesus Seminar, premier historical Jesus scholar in the world, expert on biblical archaeology, anthropology, the New Testament, researcher into the historical Jesus of Nazareth, The Dark Interval. Towards a Theology of Story, Polebridge Press, 1. October 1994

 

  • Humor and paradox are often the only ways to respond to life's sorrow with grace. Matthew Fox (*1940) US American Episcopalian (formerly Roman Catholic) priest, author, source unknown

 

  • Just look at us. Everything is backwards. Everything is upside-down. Doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy justice, universities destroy knowledge, governments destroy freedom, the major media destroy information, and religion destroys spirituality. Michael Ellner, DD., CHT, MSH, US American medical hypnothist, source unkown

 

  • People are fed by the food industry, which pays no attention to health, and are treated by the health industry, which pays no attention to food. Wendell Berry (*1934) US American man of letters, academic, cultural and economic critic, farmer, source unknown

 

  • Less is more. Robert Browning (1812-1889) English Victorian poet, playwright, Andrea del Sarto, 1855
    • Minder ist oft mehr. Christoph Martin Wieland (1733-1813) deutscher Dichter, Übersetzer, Herausgeber zur Zeit der Aufklärung, Der Teutsche Merkur, 1774

 

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Misattributed to:

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

  • You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. William John Henry Boetcker (1873-1962) US American religious leader, influential public speaker, source unknown

 

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Self-deception and repression

  • Self-deception (repression) cannot logically exist.
    It is extremely pervasive.
    It is a hallmark of the healthy mind.
    It is at the core of the process that generates mental illness.
Jordan Peterson, Ph.D. (*1962) Canadian clinical psychologist, professor of psychology, University of Toronto, political scientist, author, Self-Deception. A Comprehensive Analysis, posted on homepage 2014, further explained in paper Self-Deception Explained, PDF, ~2015

 

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Test of wisdom:

Holding two opposed ideas in mind

  • The test of a first rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) US American writer, The Crack-Up, February 1936

 

  • The idea is to die young as late as possible. Ashley Montagu (1905-1999) British-American anthropologist, humanist, author on race and gender, politics and development, source and date unknown

 


Single black and white feather, 6. August 2008
  • [F]inding and recognizing paradoxes fuels the power to rethink, reframe, and see more than one side of things. As soon as you become comfortable with one way of seeing things, someone will point out truth in the opposite point of view. David W. Gray, The paradoxes of organization, 27. September 2014

 

  • That's what learning is, after all; not whether we lose the game, but how we lose and how we've changed because of it and what we take away from it that we never had before, to apply to other games. Losing, in a curious way, is winning. Richard Bach (*1936) US American Navy pilot, writer, The Bridge Across Forever. A Love Story', character Pan, 1984

 

  • Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you're alive, it isn't. Richard Bach (*1936) US American writer, source unknown

 

  • Inanna […] epitomized the essence of contradiction, of the unimaginable variety and possibility in the created world […] she introduced the possibility of the individual who thinks for herself/himself. […] Through the choices we make, we build the unique individuality of ourselves.
    As the goddess of paradox, she is the model of unity in multiplicity. Each of us reflects a bit of her discordance in ourselves. Each of us is burdened with the chore of gathering our many conflicting pieces together into a semblance of order and congruence. Betty De Shong Meador, US American certified Jungian analyst, active in the women's movement, translator, Sumerian high priestess Enheduanna, first author of record, Inanna, Lady of the Largest Heart. Poems of the Sumerian High Priestess Enheduanna, University of Texas, 2000

 

  • Paradoxes are simply places where our rational minds bump into their own limitations. David Lewis Anderson, US American physicist, time travel researcher

 

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Chicken and egg paradox

 

  • Just look at us. Everything is backwards; everything is upside down.
    ➤ Doctors destroy health,
    ➤ lawyers destroy justice,
    ➤ universities destroy knowledge,
    ➤ governments destroy freedom,
    ➤ the major media destroy information,
    ➤ and religions destroy spirituality.
    Michael Ellner, US American self-hypnosis educator, co-author of three books on self-empowerment, social critic

 

  • What a strange paradox! Every warrior on the path of knowledge thinks, at one time or another, that he’s learning sorcery, but all he’s doing is allowing himself to be convinced of the power hidden in his being, and that he can reach it. Carlos Castaneda (*1925-supposedly †1995) Peruvian US American anthropologist, diplomat, author; expressed by the major character in the series of books on Nagual 'Sorcery' Don Juan Matus, The Power of Silence. Further Lessons of don Juan, Washington Square Press, 1987, reissued edition 1. June 1991  

 

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Squared/crucified at the center of paradox

  • It's the point of power. If you are understanding things which appear to be opposites at the same time, that means you have to be at the center of those two things. They have to be both coming from you. Therefore it positions you squarely at the center, squarely at the balance point, which is your point of power. Bashar, channeled by Darryl Anka (*1951)US American special effects designer, Hollywood, producer, script writer, channeller

 

  • America has the most of everything, and the best of nothing. John Keats (1795-1821) English Romantic poet

 

  • Quod me nutrit me destruit. [That which nourishes me destroys me.] Latin proverb

 

  • It hurts to be at the cutting edge. Source unknown

 

  • Don't get even, get odder. Source unknown

 

  • When you see
    ➢ that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion,
    ➢ when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing,
    ➢ when you see money flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors,
    ➢ when you see that men get richer by graft and pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you,
    ➢ when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice,
    you may know that your society is doomed.
    Ayn Rand (1905-1982) Russian-American philosopher, playwright, screenwriter, novelist, Atlas Shrugged, 19573

Literary quotes

  • War is peace, freedom is slavery [and] ignorance is strength. George Orwell [Eric Arthur Blair] (1903-1950) English journalist, essayist, writer, dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, 1984, first chapter, Secker and Warburg, London, 8. June 1949

Paradoxical, contradictory slogan of the Party that believed that they could endlessly engage in a war to keep peace in the country of Oceania. It promotes "double thinking."

 

 

  • The heaviest of burdens crushes us, we sink beneath it, it pins us to the ground. But in love poetry of every age, the woman longs to be weighed down by the man's body. The heaviest of burdens is therefore simultaneously an image of life's most intense fulfillment. The heavier the burden, the closer our lives come to the earth, the more real and truthful they become. Conversely, the absolute absence of burden causes man to be lighter than air, to soar into heights, take leave of the earth and his earthly being, and become only half real, his movements as free as they are insignificant. What then shall we choose? Weight or lightness? Milan Kundera (*1929) Czech-born naturalized French citizen writer, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Harper & Row, 1984


Humor

  • There's one way to find out if a man is honest – ask him. If he says, "Yes," you know he is a crook. Groucho Marx (1890-1977) US American comedian, entertainer, actor, source unknown

 

  • To be is to do – Sokrates
    To do is to be – Sartre
    Do be do be do – Sinatra
    Phrase written on a stone tablet
    tavern on the Greek island Naxos

Quotes by David R. Hawkins

Personal avowals

⚠ Caveat See Power vs. Truth, January 2013

  • If you hate yourself for being selfish, then be the epitome of selfishness; you defeat it by paradox and laughing at it. Dr. David R. Hawkins, source unknown

 

 

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Genius

  • Genius […] seems to proceed from sudden revelation rather than conceptualization, but there is an unseen process involved. Although the genius’s mind may appear stalled, frustrated with the problem, what it is really doing is preparing the field. […] There is a struggle with reason which leads, like a Zen koan, to a rational impasse from which the only way forward is by a leap from a lower to a higher attractor energy pattern. Dr. David R. Hawkins, Power vs. Force. The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior, S. 164, Hay House, February 2002

 

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Laughter

 

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Paradox of perception

 

 

  • The soul is the author of its own fate by the exercise of its own choice and selection. Each gravitates to its own concordant dimension. Spiritual paradoxes may appear in response to spiritual choice; for example, the spiritual seeker wants love and joy but that intention triggers the surfacing of all that obstructs it and prevents its appearance. Those who dedicate themselves to peace and love automatically pull up from the unconscious all that is cruel, unloving, and hateful to be healed. This may bring about consternation until judgmentalism about it is replaced with compassion and forgiveness. These were, after all, what had obstructed the love and joy, so one can be thankful that these deterrents have been brought up to be resolved by the spiritual tools available. This process of spirituality, in which one works through the obstacles, may seem painful at times but it is only transitional. The mistakes now reappear but are resolvable and recontextualized from a higher understanding. Dr. David R. Hawkins (1927-2012), I. Reality and Subjectivity, S. 24-25, 2003

 

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Paradox of opposites

 

  • Spiritual pride can work in two directions, either to augment vanity or, paradoxically, by taking the positionality that one is worse than others. To chant "I am nothing and He (God) is All" is just as far from the truth as the opposite extreme. The position "I am just a worthless worm" is just vanity in rags instead of in robes. Dr. David R. Hawkins (1927-2012), I. Reality and Subjectivity, S. 330, 2003

 

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Paradox of hating sin

 

 

 

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Paradox of ownership / property

 

 

 

  • Although ridiculing faith and trust, skeptics themselves exhibit the same naive confidence and faith in their own subjective internationalizations and mentalized perceptions. The skeptic states that the mind is unable to know the truth, and then, paradoxically, uses that very mind to prove the validity of doubt and mistrust, thus even the skeptic is basically motivated by the same naive trust. Dr. David R. Hawkins (1927-2012), Reality, Spirituality and Modern Man, S. 166, 2008

 

 

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Emerging disease as a sign of spiritual progress

  • Instead of being ashamed that we are a spiritual seeker with a physical illness, we instead become thankful and say, "Aha!" Something is coming up to be healed". We want the capacity to bring up the various things to be healed; thus, it is a sign of progress, not of falling back. We can be happy that we have a chance to heal those things that, paradoxically, are actually brought up by major or rapid spiritual progress. Dr. David R. Hawkins (1927-2012), Healing and Recovery, chapter 2 Assisting Healing, S. 62, 2009

 


 

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The somebody/nobody paradox of enlightenment

  • So you work like a dog to reach enlightenment, then you realize there's nobody to become enlightened. You thought there was somebody or some individual that's going to become enlightened and then you find out that that's fiction. (Laughter) You wasted your whole life pursuing the fiction that you [someobody] are going to become enlightened. Then you discover there is nobody to become enlightened! What a relief. Nobody here has to become enlightened. You don't have to buy into that goal in life. You say the heck with enlightenment. I just want to be stupid and ugly. To be happy if you're stupid and ugly means you're enlightened. Dr. David R. Hawkins (1927-2012), Cottonwood Seminar Handling Spiritual Challenges, DVD 1 of 3, 24. April 2010

Humor

  • I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize. Steven Wright (*1955) US American comedian, actor, writer, oneliner aphorism.

 

  • A pessimist and an optimist meet.
    The pessimist: Well, it's not going to get any worse than that.
    The optimist: Oh, yes it is!

 

  • Two friends meet.
    The first one says: Is your black spell over?
    The second one replies: That was a white one, actually.

Stillness ♦ movement ♦ everything

Stillness is what creates love,
Movement is what creates life,
To be still, yet still moving –
That is everything!

Source: ► Do Hyun Choe, Sugi master
Sugi = fishing tackle made from fluorocarbon instead of plastic monofilament

Englische Texte – English section on Paradox

Listing paradoxes of the modern world

Paradoxes in leadership
༺༻Observation
1.The [seeming] opposite of a profound truth is also true.
2.Nothing is as invisible as the obvious.
3.The more important a relationship, the less skill matters.
4.Once you find a management technique that works, give it up.
5.Effective managers are not in control.
6.Most problems that people have are not problems.
7.Technology creates the [seeming] opposite of its intended purpose.
8.We think we invent technology, but technology also invents us.
9.The more we communicate, the less we communicate.
10.In communication, form is more important than content.
11.Listening is more difficult than talking.
12.Praising people does not motivate them.
13.Every act is a political act.
14.The best resource for solving any problem is the person or group that presents the problem.
15.Organizations that need help most will benefit from it least.
16.Individuals are almost indestructible, but organizations are very fragile.
17.The better things are, the worse they feel.
18.We think we want creativity or change, but we really don't.
19.We want for ourselves not what we are missing, but more of what we already have.
20.Big changes are easier to make than small ones.
21.We learn not from our failures but from our successes – and the failures of others.
22.Everything we try works, and nothing works.
23.Planning is an ineffective way to bring change.
24Organizations change most by surviving calamities.
25.People we think need changing are pretty good the way they are.
26.Every great strength is a great weakness.
27.Morale is unrelated to productivity.
28.There are no leaders, there is only leadership.
29.The more experienced the managers, the more they trust simple intuition.
30.Leaders cannot be trained, but they can be educated.
31.In management, to be a professional, one must be an amateur.
32.Lost causes are the only ones worth fighting for.
33.My advice is don't take my advice.
Source: ► Richard Farson, Ph.D. (*1926) US American psychologist, co-founder, president and chief executive officer of the Western Behavioral Sciences Institute, educator, author, Management of the Absurd. Paradoxes in Leadership, Free Press, 13. March 1997

Oxymorons – Paradoxical word combinations

An oxymoron is a compressed paradox (figure of speech) in which seemingly contradictory terms appear side by side.
The rhetorical term oxymoron, made up of two Greek words meaning "sharp" and "dull," is itself oxymoronic.

 

Paradoxical concepts accepted by "common sense"
Oxymoronic termOriginating author, workOxymoronic termOriginating author, work
"13 Going 30"Gary Winick, 2004 movie"Absent presence"Sir Philip Sidney, "Astrophil and Stella"
"Beggarly riches"John Donne,
"Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions"
"Braindead"Peter Jackson, 1992 movie
"Brisk vacancy"John Ashbery,
"Self Portrait in a Convex Mirror"
"Comfortable·misery"Dean Koontz,
"One Door Away From Heaven"
"Crazy wisdom"Tibetan tülku Chögyam Trungpa,
"Crazy Wisdom"
"Darkness visible"John Milton, "Paradise Lost"
"Definitely, Maybe"Adam Brooks, 2008 movie"Eyes Wide Shut"Stanley Kubrick, 1999 movie
"Falsely true"Lord Tennyson, "Lancelot and Elaine""Lascivious grace"William Shakespeare, "Sonnet 40"
"Liquid marble"Ben Jonson, "Poetaster""Melancholy·merriment"Lord Byron, "Don Juan"
"Scalding coolness"Ernest Hemingway, "For Whom the Bell Tolls""Sound of Silence"Simon and Garfunkel
song The Sound of Silence
"Sweet sorrow"William Shakespeare, "Romeo and Juliet""Transparent night"Walt Whitman, "When Lilacs Last
in the Door-yard Bloom’d"
"True Lies"James Cameron, movie True Lies, 1994"War on Terror"George W. Bush,
first used 20. September 2001

 

Paradoxical terms accepted by "common sense"
Alone togetherAwful goodBitter sweetCheerful pessimistCivil war
Clearly misunderstoodConspicuous absenceCool passionCrash landingCruel kindness
Deafening silenceDeceptively honestDefinite maybeDeliberate speedDevout atheist
Dull roarEloquent silenceEven oddsExact estimateExtinct life
Festive tranquilityFound missingFreezer burnFriendly takeoverGenuine imitation
Good griefGrowing smallerGuest hostHistorical presentHumane slaughter
Icy hotIdiot savantIll healthImpossible solutionIntense apathy
Joyful sadnessJumbo shrimpLarger halfLead balloonLiving dead
Living endLiving sacrificesLoosely sealedLoud whisperLoyal opposition
Magic realismMilitant pacifistMinor miracleNegative growthNegative income
Old newsOne-man bandOnly choiceOpenly deceptiveOpen secret
Original copyOverbearingly modestPaper tableclothPaper towelPeaceful conquest
Plastic glassesPlastic silverwarePoor healthPretty uglyProperly ridiculous
Random orderRecorded liveResident alienSad smileSame difference
Seriously funnyShrewd dumbnessSilent screamSmall crowdSoft rock
Static flowSteel woolStudent teacherTerribly goodTheoretical experience
True fictionUnbiased opinionUnconscious awarenessUpward fallWise fool
Working vacation    

 

Perfect nobodyness: I am nobody. Nobody is perfect. Therefore I am perfect. Unknown

 

Source: ► Article 100 Awfully Good Examples of Oxymorons, presented by About Education, updated 9. January 2016
Reference: en.Wikipedia entry Oxymoron
See also: ► Witze – Jokes and ► Zen Geschichten – Zen stories

Mustering moral courage

Leaping from ME⇔THEY to WE
First they came... – Martin Niemöller
༺༻THEY came for...WE are all...
1.First they came for the Jews,
and I stood in front and said,
"We are all Jews. You may not take us, but you can join us."
2.Then they came for the Gay men and
Lesbian women, and I stood in front and said,
"We are all Gay. You may not take us, but you can join us."
3.Then they came for the Catholics,
and I stood in front and said,
"We are all Catholic. You may not take us, but you can join us."
4.Then they came for angry people, yelling and
banging their heads, and I stood in front and said,
"We are all angry. You may not take us, but you can join us."
5.They came for the people with slurred speech
and jerking limbs, and I stood in front and said,
"We are all inarticulate. You may not take us, but you can join us."
6.By the time they would have come for me, there weren’t any of "them" left.

 

Paraphrased famous quote from: ► First they came... coined by Martin Niemöller (1892-1984) German Lutheran pastor, anti-Nazi theologian, Easter sermon and discussion with pastor Hans-Joachim Oeffler, community hall Kaiserslautern-Siegelbach, Easter 1976
See also: ► Mut – Courage and ► Ethik – Ethics

Koans, philosophical questions and synchronicities

Paradoxical situations, koans and questions cannot be solved in short term, they can only be embraced by many for a prolonged period of ambivalence.

 

synchronicities

Good thoughts, words, actions – tiles on the path to completeness

  • Zarathustra teaches that it is through the paradoxical medium of the material world that human beings achieve spiritual completeness. Thoughts, words and actions have to be expressed through the material medium. The Zarathushti maxim is:
    • good thoughts,
    • good words and
    • good actions.
The advancement of each individual spiritually towards haurvatat, (perfection, completeness) comes along with each good choice in thought, word, and action. Eventually the world will become a better place.

Making the two into one

Jesus said to them: "When you make the two [i.e. brain hemispheres] into one, and when you make the inner like the outer and the outer like the inner, and the upper like the lower, and when you make male and female into a single one, so that the male will not be male nor the female be female, when you make eyes in place of an eye [i.e. mirror neurons], a hand in place of a hand, a foot in place of a foot, an image in place of an image, then you will enter [the kingdom]."
Gospel of Thomas, verse 22, part of the Biblical apocrypha, 50-140, 350 AD, rediscovered 1945

 

Jesus said to them, "When you make the two one, and when you make the inside like the outside and the outside like the inside, and the above like the below, and when you make the male and the female one and the same, so that the male not be male nor the female female; and when you fashion eyes in the place of an eye, and a hand in place of a hand, and a foot in place of a foot, and a likeness in place of a likeness; then will you enter the kingdom."
The Gospel of Thomas, verse 22, translated by Thomas O. Lambdin, The Gnostic Society Library, The Nag Hammadi Library, Harper Collins, San Francisco, 1990

 

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1 Haftanstalt für Menschen mit Behinderung

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3 Revisiting John Todd (1950-2007): "Rothschilds Rule with Druid Witches", 7. August 2013: Philippe de Rothschild (1902-1988) gave the plan to his mistress Ayn Rand for her novel Atlas Shrugged.
"[Ayn Rand's] writings are intellectually shallow econo-porn, part Krafft-Ebing and part Horatio Alger, possessing neither coherence nor philosophical depth. Rand’s heroes [sociopath Ragnar, rapist Francisco, rough-trade cruiser Rearden] aren’t just rapists, woman-beaters and thieves. They’re also terrorists who freely blow up or burn properties for ideological reasons." What Happened When Some Libertarians Went Off to Build Ayn Rand's Vision of Paradise, presented by AlterNet, Richard Eskow, 11. September 2014

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