On contradiction

To embrace contradiction is intelligence.

To resolve contradiction is courage.

‘Two philosophers meet at Jena.’ Hegel meets Napoleon in Jena — an imagined piece from Harper’s Magazine, 1895.

To deny contradiction is stupidity.

To ignore contradiction is cowardice.

The fool says in their heart, ‘There is no contradiction.’

The wise teacher says, ‘There is no resolution.’

The brave warrior says, ‘There is only contradiction.’

The balanced leader says, ‘There is contradiction, and resolution, and the acceptance that lies between.’

Let us accept.

And see what comes next.

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