wisdom lies neither in fixity nor in change, but in the dialectic between the two

opposition between two interacting forces

Just as infinity exists in two opposing states which are both impossible to measure or calculate, so ultimate truth exists in two opposing states which are impossible to measure or calculate.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy is an evidence-based psychotherapy that began with efforts to treat Borderline Personality Disorder ~ which is one reason I’m interested in Dialectics.  I continue to suffer from many of the dangerous symptoms of BPD.

  • Intense fear of abandonment
  • Unstable and dysfunctional relationships
  • Unstable self-image
  • Impulsive and self-destructive behaviours
  • Self-harm, in my case through alcohol abuse
  • Extreme emotional swings
  • Chronic feelings of emptiness, anxiety, depression…..
  • Explosive anger

It’s worth trying almost anything to be free of these life-destroying scenario.

In classical Greek philosophy, as expounded by Socrates, Aristotle, and Plato dialectic signifies the logic of falsehoods and illusions which yet gives the outward appearance of Truth.  Dialectic also means the process of discussion through which ultimate truth may be found, and there it can get quite complex depending upon which philosopher one is reading.  But in simplistic terms the process is always;

Problem ——–> Reaction ——-> Solution

and the Solution will give the outward appearance of Truth.

This outward appearance of Truth will usually be accepted by the subconscious mind because it comes about as the result of opposites and that a solution occurs when one of the opposites is stronger than the other.

There are three basic assumptions in dialectics;

  1. All things are interconnected.
  2. Change is constant and inevitable.
  3. Opposites can be integrated to form a closer approximation of Truth.

I’m fully alongside the first two assumptions.  I have long believed in the interconnectedness of all things.  And, although I would prefer not to believe in the inevitability of change, I’m afraid that we have to.  The third point goes to the heart of self-belief, self-confidence, and self-awareness.

The individual becomes for himself what he is in himself through what he manifests for others.  ~  Lev S. Vygotsky

The practical upshot of all this is that it is perfectly possible and perfectly acceptable to hold two completely opposing views, which do not have ever to be reconciled, merely accepted.  As in; I HATE you.  Please don’t leave me.

The cool song I posted earlier today I’ll Find My Way Home perfectly expresses Dialectics.

Some say that they have firm opinions which are never wrong.  And that they always tell the truth.  All I know is that everybody lies.


jack collier



Dialectics; investigating or discussing the truth of opinions

3 responses

  1. I have never heard of this before Jack but I think I was meant to read this today. Perhaps to learn about it some more to understand, but definitely to tell you how much I value you and your friendship. You have a special place here and you have touched my life in ways that I know you are always there, whether we talk all the time or not. I fear this caused you to be stuck with me now and there is no abandoning coming from me.
    Have a great day my friend. ❤️

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    1. I can imagine nothing more enchanting than to be stuck with you. ❤
      I will never regret meeting you here. ❤
      I think of you often, and I always enjoy the things you write.
      I wish that you would email me so that we could take our friendship a little further.

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      1. Awe Jack what a beautiful thing to say, always the perfect gentleman. Thank you so much. I am so glad that our paths have crossed here and your comments, feedback and support have come to mean so much. Thank you for the email address and your friendship. ❤️

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