Builds Upon: Domitian’s Error
Imagine a narrow sharply winding path about 2 feet wide with a dark yawning pit on either side. The path is the only route across a chasm and it must be crossed on a bicycle.
One wishes to preserve one’s life and not fall in, but the default human response is fear. Ironically the desire for life will make one nervous and probably cause one to lose balance and fall to their death. Therefore, if one truly desires to live, one must suppress their overwhelming desire to live. It is a paradox of sorts yet in application it makes perfect sense. If one is cool and in control while going across the chasm, the short ride is quite doable.
This thought experiment is a principle in itself. It illustrates how the truth can be both paradoxical and counterintuitive at first glance.
It is a demonstration that you have to separate your principles from intentions and determine what your actions accomplish in actual implementation.
It is about how the most ardent passions are not the epitome of living, how they can be destructive and counterproductive.
It is about how one tends to lose what one most desperately desires by virtue of desperately desiring it.