Welcome to the Truth Curve

•February 2, 2007 • Leave a Comment

The words of truth are always paradoxical.
Lao Tzu

I have a predilection for paradoxes, especially for those delectable, little pieces of common wisdom that seem to contradict one another.  Common wisdom such as, “look before you leap.”  Or, how about its opposite, “strike while the iron is hot?”  They both hold a grain of truth in them and yet, which is right?  Maybe they are both right but require different contexts for application.  In other words, sometimes, you have to proceed with caution and at other times, you should jump in to take advantage of an opportunity before it slips away.  But how do you know when each is applicable?

I’m sure you’ve seen the Serenity Prayer somewhere at least once in your life.  You may even have it hanging on your wall or taped to your computer screen.  It goes something like this:

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,

courage to change the things I can,

and the wisdom to know the difference

The Serenity Prayer holds a grain of truth in it, doesn’t it?  But the wisdom part is the rub, isn’t it?  How in the world would you put this into practice?  How do you know what you can change and what you can’t change?  Will you spend your entire life chasing wisdom until you realize bitterly at the end of your life all the places you could have applied your wisdom?

So my mission is simple yet difficult: to identify paradoxes and understand how to resolve them.  I will offer you my insights and make attempts to find the thin border between truths.

I am neophyte, however.  I know nothing and yet I know everything I need to know to give advice.  I started this blog to find answers by generating them.  I do not have any special knowledge; I am a pupil, eager to learn.  Someone once told me that the best way to learn something is to teach it.  So, here I am, a teacher of paradox with no credentials except the ability to think and analyze.