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What is the Definition of Paradox?

Updated on June 9, 2019
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What is a Paradox?

Just imagine you have been looking out your bedroom window for years at a statue in another yard. You have concluded that the statue is of a squirrel (whether it is or not.) Someone else is viewing the same statue from their window as well but to them it looks like a rabbit. The statue is what you make of it in your mind. To each person the view of the same object will be different but it doesn't make the object itself at all different.

A paradox is possible when two seemingly different and at times seeming opposite things are actually the same. Here is another illustration. There is a huge wall. In that wall is a door. On one side of that door is a prison full of depression, anguish and gloom. On the other side of the door is freedom, paradise full of happiness and joy. To the ones in the prison that door represents something good but to the other side it represents something bad. But it is the same door. In the Bible it says the same stone that sets the foundation of great salvation is that same stone that trips you and causes you to stumble. It also is stated that Lucifer and Jesus are both the bright morning star. Two conceptually different things are actually the same in the world of the ultimate.

People who have not entered the state of enlightenment use a dualistic approach for all of their answers. Everything has to be either this or that. But to the enlightened, good and evil are two sides of the same coin. In the world of "God" if I may, up/down, left/right, hot/cold and any other seeming opposite in the dualistic world are in actuality the same. Speaking of hot and cold, where on a thermometer does hot begin and cold end? Have you ever felt cold when someone else is hot? It happens all of the time. These are called preferences. We have been accustom to judgement for all of our existence of this dualistic behavior. Our attachments to the degrees of out preferences cause us to say "I am hot" or "I am angry."

To one who has reached the understanding, the impossible becomes possible. Just because you don't see other beings walking around you doesn't not mean they do not exist but the dogmatic will say otherwise. There is so much hate in this world due to the attachments to our judgments.

Paradox is realized. If you listen to the masters and follow the teachings of the wise, you will one day realize that opposites are only an illusion. When you do that, this world will become a totally new place. You will still interact with what seems to be the same people and environment but it will no longer be based on dualism but the oneness and unity of all that is.


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    • The0NatureBoy profile image

      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      24 months ago from Washington DC

      Well said, Steve, as clear as the Buddha's "middle path" and the Christ's "straight way with the narrow gate." They both speaks of the joining point of opposites I prefer to call indifference meaning "in the difference of the opposites." What so few people "are destined to understand" is the "tree of the knowledge of good and evil" is human and woman will generally only recognize one or the other of the paradoxes, we almost never consider the the joining point of them.

      I am also someone your "the information I share in my articles comes from a source that cannot be obtained with a degree or certificate" is speaking to. I am educated as I have "objectively observed, participated for seeing different outcomes and reasoned with them to be able to explain my findings." That is the only way we can "know the truth" and have it to "make us free", we have to live it to be made free because of it.


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      2 years ago from Metro-Atlanta

      Hi Steve, thanks for your hub. I have a couple questions about your use of the word "paradox". At least, it does not appear to be used by you in the same sense that it is used of the paradoxes of Zeno that seek to prove that motion does not exist.

      Are you saying that "good" as perfective of our being and "evil" as a lacknor deprivation of some good are one and the some concept, that come together under a higher synthesis, and that the law of noncontradiction is itself an illusion?


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