“People aren’t afraid of change, they’re afraid of being changed.”

Paradox, by Michael MamasI saw this quote on the Internet but the source was not provided. I like it. It is sort of like something I believe Winston Churchill said: “I like learning, I just don’t like being taught.”  It also offers a perspective on: “You can’t take it with you.”

We tend to be quite identified with how we see ourselves. We do not like that messed with. We want to improve, but feel threatened by the idea that we need to change in order to do so! In the expression “I want to get enlightened”, we want the ‘I’ to go through that portal intact. The very expression: “I want to get enlightened” carries that contradiction with it. The “I” in that quote must cease to exist in its current form to pass through that portal.

Life is funny… It’s all a paradox.

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  1. I love this blog!

  2. But that “I” can be tenacious.

  3. Me too!

  4. This is a wonderful blog. It helps to remind “I” that there is a bigger view to consider.
    Thank you.