What are some paradoxes in life?

Paradoxes in life :

1. The more something frightens you, the more you should face it.

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With this one, it’s important not to misunderstand the message. It has nothing to do with seeking danger. Sometimes small, simple things in life can frighten us. Like calling a friend you just had a huge fight with or asking that cute guy/girl out on a date. You definitely don’t have to rush into things but standing along the sideline won’t bring you anywhere. Sometimes you need to face your fears in order to move forward.

2. The more you can’t trust, the more you can’t be trusted.

If you have serious trust issues, this is probably your clue to sink into self-reflection. A lot of frustrations we have towards the outside world, come essentially from the inside.

So when you often have a hard time putting faith in someone or in a situation, it’s probably because you’re not always that honest yourself. Just think about it.

3. The more available something/ someone is, the less you’ll want it.


Sometimes you want something so badly that you lose interest from the moment it’s in front of you. Or like the famous saying goes “The chase is better than the catch”. However, if you cope with this situation too often it’s probably about time to manage your own expectations.

4. The more you fail, the more opportunities you open to succeed.

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There’s no such thing as failure, there’s only feedback, and it’s what we do with that feedback that will ultimately determine how successful we will be.

When we fail we have three options: We can choose to quit, which is the only real failure; we can choose to ignore the feedback and try again, but this is flirting with madness because to do the same thing the same way over and over again expecting different results is a definition of madness; or we can learn from our failure, adapt our approach, and try again.

5. The more you know, the more you know you don’t know.

Aristotle famously wrote, “The more you know, the more you realize you don’t know.”

Experts such as Albert Einstein “the more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know”, have pointed this out. There is one thing we do know: our world is getting more complicated all the time. As recently as the 20th-century people only had a black and white television with one or two senders; there are now over a hundred senders you can choose from. Not to mention all the additional options like cable TV, HD, Netflix, cinemas and many, many more. 

As the world around us becomes more complex, the amount that we can really understand about it decreases. Even experts agree on knowing too little, it’s no surprise that information overload gives millennials stress and difficulty to make decisions (choice overload).

6. Social media disconnects us from each other.

paradoxes in life

The term social media is misleading.

Social media is a fantastic way to keep in touch with friends from around the globe, but for that are closer to home, it often drives us apart more than it brings us together.

We are in more constant communication with each other than ever before, but that communication is digital and not face to face.

It’s no wonder more and more of us are feeling depressed and isolated.


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