Thursday :: Aug 19, 2004

Palace of Paradox


by paradox

Maureen Dowd is a bitchy twit who doesn’t know the first thing about diction, writing, or her responsibilities as a journalist.

Just thought I’d make clear where I’m coming from. Normally I would approach critiquing one of her columns with the same mindset I have to meeting my old fiancé: avoid the horrible experience at all costs. But a column with a single lead sentence of the white house has become a palace of paradox is going to get a response from The Left Coaster.

Dowd, of course, never even attempts to define paradox—even though it’s the heart of the lead!—and meanders into a disgraceful squat about American Olympic basketball not performing well because Americans are being urged to show restraint. This has nothing to do with the white house or paradox but that’s Maureen Dowd: lousy but hey, lookin’ good, girlfriend.

Paradox: “An assertion that is essentially self-contradictory, though based on a valid deduction from acceptable premises.” Dowd got confused by the common misperception that paradox is a form of contradiction, which it manifestly is not: “A seemingly contradictory statement that may nonetheless be true.”

Paradox is a profound mystery wherein two empirical opposites of the same element nevertheless yield the truth, which logically cannot happen: the atom is inherently both stable and unstable, both positively and negatively charged.

Hell, St. Francis can say it much better than I can: “For it is in giving that we receive; It is in pardoning that we are pardoned; And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.”

Tom Robbins gets it too: “If there's any one word -- if you had to pick one word to describe that nature of the universe -- I think that word would be paradox. That's true at the subatomic level, right through sociological, psychological, philosophical levels on up to cosmic levels.”

What Dowd pathetically tried to bring into the light of consciousness with her clumsy text is that wisdom is often paradoxical: to be strong one must not use force. Of course Pretzeldent Bush’s white male brain, pickled with booze and crooked corporate profits, hasn’t the faintest clue to this concept.

It would be much better for us all if our leadership and journalists appreciated the power and mystery of paradox. In the search for truth, maddeningly, this is always the prize. Look high and low, in every cranny of consciousness or reference, and the result is always the same: truth that logically makes no sense. This is just our world—sorry, I couldn’t begin to explain why this is so.

Maureen Dowd better be careful. It’s one thing to make an ass out of yourself twice a week with clueless thinking and clumsy writing, but it’s quite another to offend one of the most profound and powerful mysteries of the universe. She might just end up with a watcher for such a transgression, which, believe me, is an experience she would be well to avoid. Just ask Mona Charen, miz Dowd.

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