Peace of Wisdom

By Andy Andrews

Have you ever heard of the “Ship of Theseus”?

It’s a thought experiment that asks the ‘thinker’ to ponder a paradoxical idea.

A paradox is a seemingly contradictory statement or proposition that when explained may prove to be well founded or true.

Imagine a ship docked at a museum. Over time, the wood rots, and pieces of the ship are replaced. Eventually all the pieces are replaced. So… is it the same ship?

What if after a century, technology has been discovered that would mend the original pieces…

If those original pieces were reassembled, is that the ship of Theseus? Or is the other ship?

Now, how can we relate this concept to a human being? The idea of resilience may give us the answer.

Over time, your body removes the older, worn out pieces of itself and replaces those pieces with new cells. 

Taste buds change, and so do ideas. Resilience allows one to spring back from difficult circumstances–both mentally and physically–in many different ways…like the rotten wood on the ship of Theseus.

Today’s Peace of Wisdom can be found in your ability to recover, no matter the odds.



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