Reading stuff online, I stumbled into a fascinating quote by Terence Kemp McKenna, a "psychedelic" guru of sorts. I don't usually read such people (although Hunter S. Thompson is a blast), nor do I spend my time in the "philosophy and religion" section here. But the following quote really sort of blew my mind:
Contradiction is not a problem; contradiction is the proof
that you’re actually dealing with the Real.
What I love about the quote is that it is right and wrong simultaneously. It means something (perhaps everything), but also means nothing. In a way it's like the mind is tricking itself just by reading it. It reminds me of the "Colorless green ideas sleep furiously" sentence composed by Noam Chomsky in 1957, as "an example of a sentence whose grammar (logical form) is correct but whose semantics are nonsensical, and therefore has no meaning to understand" (Wikipedia).
It gets me to thinking about thought experiments, and how so much of our time is spent rationalizing what we believe, and justifying our beliefs about those rationalizations. It seems as though thinking itself is a great problem, as it makes us believe contradictions are either a permanent force to be avoided due to embarassment or a completely inconsequential distraction from our own biases regarding reality. Where is the middle ground, and how do we get there without confusing ourselves to the point of no return?