Paradoxically Speaking . . .

Have you noticed how the writer of the book of Proverbs urges us to seek wisdom? (Read Proverbs Chapter One to find out.) It a great idea, but not as easy as it seems, particularly given the strange nature of wisdom.

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You can’t judge a book by its cover

We’ve all been told that we are “not to judge a book by its cover”, nevertheless “the first impression is a lasting impression.” We’ve heard it said “too many cooks will spoil the broth,” but also “two heads are better than one.” And although “knowledge is power,” equally so “ignorance is bliss”.

There is also a saying, “We learn from history that we do not learn from history.” Stop and read that again slowly. Here are two opposite statements that, when put in the one sentence, are no longer contradictory but transform into a wise saying.

Wisdom can often be quite paradoxical. Paradox is like that, a statement that initially looks absurd and self-contradictory turns out to not only be true but wise.

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