Paradox and love
I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love. -Mother Teresa paradox- noun 1. a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth. 2. a self-contradictory and false proposition. 3. any person, thing, or situation exhibiting an apparently contradictory nature. 4. an opinion or statement contrary to commonly accepted opinion. Søren Kierkegaard, for example, writes, in the Philosophical Fragments, that But one must not think ill of the paradox, for the paradox is the passion of thought, and the thinker without the paradox is like the lover without passion: a mediocre fellow... This, then, is the ultimate paradox of thought: to want to discover something that thought itself cannot think. What is interesting to me about the etymology of the word paradox is that its Greek root is paradoxon meaning literally beyond belief. There is no broken down root, just the word itself. Paradoxical thinking must be part of the human condition. I think it is why we are so drawn to puzzles and riddles. Love, it seems, is our biggest puzzle.