According to the Random House College Dictionary, a paradox is defined as 1) a
statement or proposition seemingly self-contradictory or absurd, but in reality expressing
a possible truth; 2) any person, thing, or situation exhibiting an apparently contradictory
nature. Writer Rosalie Colie in "Paradoxia Epidemica" states: "The one element
common to all paradox is their exploitation of the fact of relative or competing value
systems. The paradox is always somehow involved in challenging some orthodoxy.
The paradox is oblique criticism of absolute judgment or absolute convention."
This reading is one of my all time favorites. I've received it numerous times via
email and each time I read it, it makes me ponder over it's analogies once more.
One of the numerous verses that affect me is the statement referring to having bigger
houses but smaller families; more conveniences, but less time. My husband and I only
have 2 children after agreeing we would only have a child. I ended up with twins so that
choice was taken of my hands. We live in an almost 3000 sq. ft. house and the twins are
now living on their own. We often discuss buying a larger house; our dream home now
that we don't have the expense of caring for our sons. (They chose not to go to college
but went straight into the Air Force so since we didn't have to pay for their college, we
purchased their cars for them). We still help them out from time to time but the greatest
expense of caring for them was lifted once they left. The house we live in now is quite
adequate for our needs. With both of us working full time and attending college full
time, neither of us have too much free time to enjoy our house anyway. And, with all
the convenience technology has given us, I still find myself wondering where did the day
go and what did I accomplish today?
Another favorite of mine is: "We spend too recklessly,...
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