Paradigm of Paradox

Life is quite paradoxical.. I’ve often heard this statement said by many. But, to me, it is not.

Paradox suggests something that can barely be understood; something that contradicts itself but yet possibly is true. This, of life, can be true at times, I’ll be the first to admit. But really, how paradoxical can life be unless you view it in such terms?

To view life, in this paradigm as we all have grown into it, is more of a wonder to me. It inspires me at every turn. It lures me, though at times it tries me.. as it does everyone, whether they choose to admit it or not. I cannot accept a paradoxical life; I find this to be too simplified. The life I know is full of beauty if you should choose to see it, or full of pain if you should choose to bear it, and often; full of elegant surprise. One turn leads to many subtle and unsuspecting other turns. Choice remains the underlying factor of the entire paradox. One choice leads to another, and another, and another. This is not paradoxical, this is methodical.

Those who engage life with vibrance of spirit, with selfless interest, with care for the soul of every being do not find a paradigm of paradox. Instead, they find what they wish to find. So do we all.

In the sphere, some prefer to keep trying to figure out the cogs and wheels that make everything tick and tock. But.. what if there aren’t any? What is a search going to turn up if this is the case?

Answer: The sphere is unique to the individual. Choose to find paradox, and you will. Choose to see truth and beauty, and you will. Choose to love and you will. Choose to hate, and you will. See what you will, but.. Reap what you sow. This is not paradox.. this is life.

The present moment is the only place you’ve ever been, ever evolving, ever moving. Embrace it… and the fog will thin.

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57 thoughts on “Paradigm of Paradox

    1. I think reality is what IT IS, essentially…but we do heavily contribute to our own happiness or misery, by our own individual and unique perspectives and the values we choose to pursue or reject.

    2. You and Strawberryindigo seem aligned with Seth (of the book Seth Speaks) – you’ve probably heard of it but if not, maybe check it out. ( It was the best book recommendation I’ve ever had. ) thanks for sharing.

  1. yes, paradox implies opposites; there are only facets. It’s all one. Thanks for liking my Oz blog. Jo

  2. Well said. You’re writing about the tantric fabric of it all. Paradox is not knowing the relativity of something. When we get a new vantage point, then the paradox disappears. It absorbs the parts that seemed to be antithetical. Instead, we find they are complements, completing one another. Good post!

  3. β€œThose who engage life with vibrance of spirit, with selfless interest, with care for the soul of every being do not find a paradigm of paradox. Instead, they find what they wish to find.”
    And what if one would hardly describe themselves as such, and still do not find a paradigm of paradox – what do you make of that?

  4. I think you would find a kindred spirit in Don Cupitt’s philosophy of Non-Realism. I know I have. Keep up the good work.

  5. You are correct, I believe. Life is all about the choices you make and the consequences of those choices. It can be a good or bad choice, it dosen’t really matter; we learn from them all.

  6. The world is becoming more and more complex. Yet the truth remains that by and large, our experience is driven by our expectations. There are many things that are out of our control, and we must experience them, but our attitude determines HOW we experience them.

  7. A very interesting read. The point is whatever you have said can only be viewed in retrospect. What i am trying to say is that if i say,”I want to live a life of love” i will do good acts but that does not mean anything bad will happen to me. Basically i mean to say things can be twisted to appear the way we want it. The paradox in life is more of a need, sometimes we just need to feel that the situation is out of our hands. At the end of the day what I feel is it is all us.

  8. Great insight. Well written. Seems to be the same dharma I’ve been studying! My blog is set to get a whole lot more “spiritual” you’ve a good & clear heart, really liked reading this. Namaste!

  9. This is so true. We are quite creative beings and being such, we can create our own beginnings and endings. I think if we can view life as an adventurous journey, we may find that even in the climax of drama, we can find hope … Perspective truly is everything.

  10. I am somewhat older than you (going by the photo) and I still come to the same conclusion. Choices, that lead to decisions made, When we can’t decide, that’s a choice too. It is all about choices.

  11. Sleep and awake, rest and action, dark and light – all part of the One, The Whole, the Who We Are…….embrace as you do the “paradox” of thoughts (that do not exist) to “words” (that do exist) As you say….It is Life!

    In Gratitude

  12. I’ve always been amazed how I can be presented with the same set of circumstances, and one day I’m tired and cynical; the next upbeat and moving forward. The circumstances are the same, but how I walk through them has changed.

    Thank you for visiting, and following, the Norwegian Artist.

  13. I’m happy to see the terms you use, and their context. For many years I’ve told my students there are only two things in life: choices and consequences. Some of them get upset that others can make choices that dramatically impact their life. Others wonder why the consequences quite often do not “match” the relative good or ill of their choice. But those are not paradoxes; that’s life. Cheers, Don

  14. I like this post of yours—i had written a similar one about the paradox of wisdom, which i guess connects to the greater idea of life as a paradox—i don’t think there is any harm in seeing the paradox in life or accepting that life is indeed paradoxical, but maybe it is precisely because of it paradox that makes it beautiful?

  15. Reaping what you sow is one of the oldest laws in the universe. Good reminder! And thanks for following my blog!

  16. Hey, Jeremiah, thanks for taking an interest in my blog. I’ve been quite busy lately putting together a couple different shows, along with a host of other issues, but I wanted to say thanks for making contact, and that, after I visited your blog and took some time to read what you’re about, I signed up, hoping to read more of what turns you on.

    You have a distinct, passionate view; passionate in the sense you feel it strongly, or at least that comes across in your writing, who really knows how or what anyone else really actually feels, right? Whatever it is affects you, and it makes for good writing.

    Anyway, I hope you get a chance to look over and all its mad activity. I don’t know if you know but I’m in a wheelchair now and am facing the challenges and difficulties attendant with live performance and paralysis. I’m giving my all to perform my work, however, and I trust you had a chance to take a deeper look at what I do than getting merely offended at the outset and walking away, as some even most seem to do. I judge, from your writing, you’re much more broad-minded than that.

    Stay in touch, and again, thanks for reaching out, Uncle Tad

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