Before we are free to enjoy what we can of life, we must face the seemingly unbearable frustration of trying to make life work the way we imagine it should Often happiness depends on giving up our idealized vision of a logical world with predictable results. Usually we take our illusions too seriously by imagining that they are the true reality.
These paradoxes cannot be resolved. Much of life is predictably unpredictable, intrinsically incoherent, and finally full of surprises. Ambiguity is unending. We must willingly imagine simultaneously both our hopes and our fears, the ideal and the practical, the absolute and the relative, other people’s way of looking at things and our own.
One way is often as good as another. Perhaps most crucial is that we each be allowed to imagine things our way and that we allow others to live their own way. What works for one of us doesn’t necessarily work for the other.
“I will save you from drowning,” said the bird, as it lifted the fish up out of the water to place it safely in a tree.