Power of Paradox

In OMAH, there is always the paradox. The power of Paradox is about how to gain and lose Influence. But how do we get power? Enduring power comes from empathy and giving. Above all, power is given to us by other people. This is what all-too-often we forget. Power is the ability to do good for others, expressed in daily life, and itself a good a thing.

We were inspired by an analysis of rupture’s history of architecture in Socrates experienced as a social gadfly. The term “gadfly” (Ancient Greek: μύωψ, mýops was used by Plato in the Apology to describe Socrates’s relationship of uncomfortable goad to the Athenian political scene, which he compared to a slow and dimwitted horse [1]. A gadfly is a person who upsets the status quo by posing upsetting or novel questions.

According to Plato’s Apology, Socrates’ life as the “gadfly” of Athens began when his friend Chaerephon asked the oracle at Delphi if anyone were wiser than Socrates; the Oracle responded that no-one was wiser. Socrates believed the Oracle’s response was a paradox because he believed he possessed no wisdom whatsoever. He proceeded to test the riddle by approaching men considered wise by the people of Athens—statesmen, poets, and artisans—in order to refute the Oracle’s pronouncement. Questioning them, however, Socrates concluded: while each man thought he knew a great deal and was wise, in fact, they knew very little and were not wise at all. Socrates realized the Oracle was correct; while so-called wise men thought themselves wise and yet were not, he himself knew he was not wise at all, which, paradoxically, made him the wiser one since he was the only person aware of his own ignorance. Socrates’ paradoxical wisdom made the prominent Athenians he publicly questioned look foolish, turning them against him and leading to accusations of wrongdoing. Socrates defended his role as a gadfly until the end: at his trial, when Socrates was asked to propose his own punishment, he suggested a wage paid by the government and free dinners for the rest of his life instead, to finance the time he spent as Athens’ benefactor [2].

Here, Learning from the thinker discusses political, zeitgeist, simulacra simulacrum, the relationship from thinkers expenditures, alchemy, and experiments to strive his or her thoughts for society.

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_gadfly
[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socrates

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