I hope that you enjoy reading this post on the weekly Friday Loose Bloggers Consortium where eleven of us write on the same topic. Today’s topic has been chosen by Maria the gaelikaa. The ten other bloggers who write regularly are, in alphabetical order, Delirious, gaelikaa, Grannymar, Maxi, Maria SF, Padmum, Paul, Rohit,Shackman, The Old Fossil and Will. Do drop in on their blogs and see what their take is on this week’s topic. Since some of them may post late, do give some allowance for that too!

“That man is a creature who needs order yet yearns for change, is the creative contradiction at the heart of the laws which structure his conformity and define his deviancy.”
~ Freda Adler.

Freda Adler is most famous for her proposal that Feminism increased opportunities and more importantly desire for women to take part in criminal activities. Here is one instance of contradictions straight away. A classic chicken and egg situation that no one suggested because statistics can be interpreted anyway one wants.

Coming to the quote itself, the creative contradiction that Freda writes about, is profound in its total banality. Conformity and Deviancy are contradictions? What laws? When you consider that each of us marches to our individual drum beats, surely, the laws themselves contradict each other at need?

I am often criticised by well meaning friends for being inconsistent and contradicting myself. My answer has always been that consistency is for stagnant people and contradicting oneself means that one is open to change one’s opinions, values and morals to suit particular contexts. The human condition is more like this and must be accepted for its contradictory attraction.

I would have however added another line at the bottom of the lower sign, AT YOUR PERIL.

“Great truth is a statement whose opposite is also a great truth.”
~ Niels Bohr.

Do you believe “Good things come in small packages” or “The bigger, the better”?