Irrelevance of contradictions

As everyone knows some contradictions are merely surface contradictions (like ‘jumbo shrimp’) and can be ignored (or joked about), and intermittent contradictions can often be shrugged off as ‘the exception that proves the rule’, or even ‘collateral damage’. Yet other contradictions arise from the failure to distinguish between meta-level and object-level. For example, “We’re not expecting any emergencies.” is not the oxymoron it might seem.

Three more takes on contradictions are worth highlighting:

1.
“Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes.”
— Walt Whitman

2.
“contradictions, inherent in ideological theories, are never a serious embarrassment to them. For ideologies are not aimed at deepening cognition, but at determining the will.”
— Hans Kelsen (p. 286 of ‘Pure Theory of Law’)

3.
“Men do not differ much about what things they will call evils; they differ enormously about what evils they will call excusable.”
— G. K. Chesterton

Permanent intermittent fasting

Krista Varady explains the idea and its benefits in her book ‘The Every-Other-Day Diet’, available on Amazon.

“A full belly makes a dull brain.”
— Benjamin Franklin

“Dine with little, sup with less,
Do better still – sleep supperless.”
— Benjamin Franklin

“In general, mankind, since the improvement
of cookery, eats twice as much as nature requires.”
— Benjamin Franklin