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Five Minutes on Mondays: Finding Unexpected Purpose, Peace, and Fulfillment at Work by Alan Lurie

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You’re Finished!: Embracing Change

There was once a philosophy professor who opened each class by reminding his students that the true test of any philosophical belief is whether that belief is itself paradoxical. In other words, the belief must be internally self-contradictory. This is a difficult concept to grasp, so one of his students approached a math professor and asked if he could explain this puzzling teaching. The math professor came to the next class, and as the philosophy professor was about to begin, stood and asked,

“Sir, do you really believe that all truth is based on paradox?”

The philosophy professor scratched his head and thoughtfully answered,

“Well, yes... and no.”

I’d like to offer such a paradoxical statement by the ...

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