All in a split second

Robert Allfree


Issue 8
November 1999

Is it fair to say that a paradox is a moment when the absolute truth reveals itself? In the moment when a paradox occurs, there can be only one way out, or forwards. Take the skidding car for example, if you turn into the skid, and go with it, then you are not going to turn over and have a worse crash. However, perhaps it is fair to say that in the panic, our instincts would try to counter the skid by doing the exact opposite and turning against the grain, thus making the situation worse.

Maybe another definition of paradox could be along the lines that it is in a paradoxical situation that a person goes against their instinct. Initially, that is somewhat difficult due to the habit of flying off with what appears to be a logical solution, but if the real logic is followed through, then the logic becomes easier to follow. However, as a paradox occurs, most of the time it has passed before there is a chance to acknowledge that this was the case.

While being shouted at recently by an irate young man, who was upset that Crisis was over for another year, I felt sorely tempted to address him in a similar manner to the one he was using to me. Against the odds, I stepped back and spoke to him with the utmost courtesy and honesty as to the likely run of events that he claimed had lost him his coat. By the end of the conversation, we both knew that the coat was the mere scapegoat for his actions. The paradox there was to do the exact opposite to my considered instinct - to remain totally calm.

As I see it, the paradox is a time when two complete opposites meet in an instance, the two options lay them selves open, and the person who realises the situation before the time has passed is the one who has observed and been guided by the Greater Truth.

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