Paradox can prove to be very revealing about human nature and the way that we speak. If someone says to you “I’m a compulsive liar,” do you believe them or not? That statement in itself is a paradox, because it is self contradictory, which is precisely what a paradox is. At the most basic level, a paradox is a statement that is self contradictory because it often contains two statements that are both true, but in general, cannot both be true at the same time. In the aforementioned example, can someone be both a compulsive liar yet telling the truth at the same time?
One of my favorite is from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the title character states “I must be cruel to be kind.” If you read it at a surface level, this statement does not seem to make much sense. Can an individual convey kindness through evil?
However, Hamlet is speaking about his mother, and how he plans to ultimately slay Claudius in order to avenge his father’s death. His mother is now married to Claudius, so of course this will be a tragedy for her. However, he does not want his mother to be the lover of his father’s murderer (unbeknownst to her) any longer, and so he believes the murder will be for her own good.
A close second is the title of this post: Life is too important to be taken seriously. Whenever I read this statement, it makes me feel as if someone has just splashed a bucket of water on my face to awaken me from hibernation. We tend to miss the small moments and wake up only when they become a memory. And most of the time, it ends in regretful sighs. Life, the near and dear ones, health, having fun, and most importantly doing the things you dream about are too important. But then, enjoy the important things and only then you would see that you are enjoying a journey called Life.
My third favorite is this statement: Find joy in life by embracing anger and resentment. We all know and understand that one cannot be happy when one is angry or upset, so pretending to be happy does not help the situation, but aggravate things. In addition, there is a misconception about happiness. Being happy doesn’t mean you don’t get mad. You can experience the entire range of emotions and still be happy. A wise man/woman said, ” Happiness is in our hands”, and although this is an open statement open to so many interpretation (and misinterpretation as well), there is every ounce of truth in it, the way you want to see it and experience it.
So, don’t miss enjoying the journey cause you will never walk this road again in your lifetime. Hence, enjoy the stars, the blue sky, the dark night, the ocean and all that is good and ugly.