I've been thinking lately about sayings you hear all the time and how they contradict each other or seem to present only a limited set of options.
Here are just a few of my recent musings or observations (my apologies if someone wiser has already made these observations ... I give them full credit for any ideas that I accidentaly plagiarized here) :
- If "Knowledge is Power" ... and "Ignorance is Bliss" ... can you not be Blissfully Powerful? Why do I have to choose one or the other?
- If "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush" ... and "Birds of a feather flock together" ... wouldn't it be smarter to get THREE birds by just heading over to the bush with the one in your hand?! Or if you just stood there long enough wouldn't the bush birds just fly on over?! And what about those Angry Birds?! They sure don't knock them pigs out very well!
- On the one hand you should "look before you leap" ... but we know that "He who hesitates is lost" ... so do you prefer to be lost or do you just avoid "leaping" ?! And what if you actually have a map?
- You're not supposed to "put all your eggs in one basket" ... and ... you also shouldn't "count your chickens until they hatch" ... so apparently you need lots of patience and space if you like eggs (or chickens).
And my favorite lately, because MONEY seems to be on everyone's mind more and more and more ...
- "A fool and his money are soon parted" ... but "Money can't buy happiness" ... so don't you think maybe the "fool" is closer to happiness when he loses his money? Hmmm ... then why aren't more people who go bankrupt smiling? They always seem so sad. Maybe it's because "absence makes the heart grow fonder!" He just misses his money. :)