Seeing Past Paradox? 1-3

Seeing Past Paradox?
20 Paradoxes That Are False?

20 Paradoxes That Are False?
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A mutual friend takes Max and Isaac to a Rabbi to settle a dispute.  

Max explains his complaint to the Rabbi:  He gives a fine account and argues his case clearly. The Rabbi declares, “You’re right, Max.”

Isaac leaps us and says, “Wait a second. You haven’t hear me yet.”  He speaks with such passion and persuasion that the Rabbi says to him, “You’re right, Isaac.”

At that point the friend jumps up and says, “That can’t be right. You said Max is right… And you said Isaac is right… They can’t both be right!”

To which the rabbi replies, “And you’re right too!”

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Some of the most important truths in life are contradictory on the surface. They seem like impossibilities, yet experience proves them to be obvious over and over again. It isn’t until you look a bit deeper, beneath the surface contradictions, that the real grains of wisdom emerge.

Below are 20 paradoxes I’ve come across which are, paradoxically, still true:

1. The more you hate a trait in someone else, the more likely you are avoiding it in yourself. Carl Jung believed that characteristics in others that bother us are reflections of the parts of ourselves which we deny. Freud referred to it as “projection.” Most people call it “being an asshole.” For example, the woman who is insecure about her weight will call everyone else fat. The man who’s insecure about his money will criticize others for theirs.

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