The Daily Paradox

A confusion of confidence

Claire Jones, writing in the 06Nov19 Financial Times said: “The real world is hideously complex. So too are people.” It is true. A small measure of that increasing complexity is the decision that will be needed in the forthcoming British General Election. Matching your specific views about Europe with the political party whose broad canvas…
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The Climate is now Dunkirk

We cannot ignore the cry of more than 10,000 scientists, especially when they are reiterating a warning that was made forty years ago. From Attenborough to Scientists to Thunberg to the UN to Governments everywhere and to all of us, the word has gone out loud and clear. Stop the climate destruction now or perish…
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Too much Process Too little Thought

Our existence is substantially a round of processes. Each one has as its objective making life more predictable and less prone to error and mishap. The domestic rhythm of eating, sleeping, studying and being entertained seeks to maintain the even tenor of a harmonious life. The routine of work, with its systems, reports, meetings, deadlines…
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When Someone becomes competitive

Marriage is seldom a meeting of equals. One is more intellectual than the other; the other has greater emotional intelligence than the one. One is more giving; the other more taking. Great marriages are hammered out on a hard anvil, with much give and minimal take. For all that, there will still be times when…
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Cycles of Life

Today’s Daily Paradox is written by my No 1 son, Rev’d Richard Bittleston There are so many mysteries in life – no shortage of things to wonder about. I was watching the last of the Hollyhock flowers drop in the garden. Hollyhocks are remarkable clocks. The lowest flowers appear first, the highest drop last. Our…
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Will you riot?

The anger at inequality is turning to violence. You can see that all around the world. The wildfires of the brushlands are reflected in the chaotic behaviour of mobs making their feelings felt by destruction. The noise, water canon and injury may be the same as before, the source and volume of the disturbance is…
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The tussle between Faith and Fact

There must be many people who were brought up in a religion of one kind or another and who have lapsed as they grew older. Age is not kind to faith. Facts get in the way of belief. Religious behaviours sully the simple beliefs. If ministers cannot be examples why should their followers? Anyway, facts…
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The price of everything

Cynicism is said to be knowing ‘the price of everything and the value of nothing’. Lasse Rochstad recently published a book with this title. I have not read it yet but knowing Lasse it will be full of common sense and wisdom. It’s good to know the price of things but we should also know…
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21st Century Democracy

Are we still to believe in democracy? Even though one of the most successful nations on earth isn’t democratic? Even though there is an increasing number of undemocratic Presidents / Prime Ministers? Even in spite of a failed attempt to provide every family in a country with a basic income regardless of whether they worked…
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Brexit revisited

It might equally be called The Game that Dare Not Speak its Name. For it surely has become a game, between those who want Boris gone and those who want the EU gone. It’s as if the British Prime Minister is trying to prove something about his education or his lifestyle. He keeps telling us…
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