Friday, July 5, 2013
Contradiction - LBC Topic
This weeks LBC topic is contradiction.
Contradictions are everywhere. Why? I suspect it is because although man seeks order and consistency in all things our very nature is a contradiction to that proposition. Examples? I'm glad you asked.
1) How about those among us who tout balance in life yet yet are workaholics that must think balance is akin to 80% work and to hell with the rest.
2) The vehement anti-abortionist that supports the death penalty
3) Media outlets touting the truth yet reporting something entirely different - i.e. Fox News and MSNBC as primary offenders, others to a degree likewise
4) The youthful athlete going to seed and becoming a curmudgeonly old guy (yikes - I know him)
5) The so-called religious right that preaches hatred and killing and should know better
6) The intellectual left that preaches hatred and killing and should know better
7) The notion that the most democratic, free society on the planet has a government that eavesdrops on all manner of communication - emails, phone calls and the like
8) The notion that the will of the majority in our society is suddenly evil incarnate when you disagree with that majority - Here's what Ben Franklin said along those lines - “The people heard it, and approved the doctrine, and immediately practiced the contrary.”
9) The honest people - those who would never consider stealing from a store - downloading music/videos from the Internet and not paying - or that accept the offer of that guy that offered to to hook up their cable but not bill them
There are many more examples available yet I think the point has been made. Any of the items listed could be debated in depth.
Christopher Hitchens said it best - "The only real radicalism in our time will come as it always has—from people who insist on thinking for themselves and who reject party-mindedness.”
Contradiction needs to be managed - something of an oxymoron but true none the less. Progress requires the envelope to be pushed and the envelope is never pushed without change. And of course there is the notion that the managers must be managed - the cycle is never ending.
Ed Ames - Changing Changing
Now go read the other LBC folk as they contradict my notions on contradiction! It's all so confusing :-)