I must be cruel, only to be kind
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I must be cruel, only to be kind

I must be cruel

I must be cruel, only to be kind

I must be cruel, only to be kind: Thus bad begins and worse remains behind.Hamlet Act 3; Scene 4. by William Shakespeare

Shakespeare used many examples of paradox in his plays and poems, and this is just one such example.
Morality involves choosing between good and evil, and if one does not have the capacity for cruelty, one fundamentally cannot understand morality. Being morally good (or kind) has a precondition that the person must be capable of malevolence. And so “one must be cruel to be kind”.

Strikingly expressed by Dr. Jordan Peterson.

Ulva Naumann pointed to the key of paradox in Maier files’ episode “Awakening”. Because at the very heart of all esoteric teaching in all parts of the world lies the belief that higher forms of intelligence can be accessed in altered states. Try to imagine what it would feel like to believe the opposite of what we have been brought up to believe. This inevitably involves an altered state of consciousness to some degree or other.

Also George Orwell’s futuristic dystopian novel contains many examples of paradox. The ruling party in 1984 stands by three paradoxical statements: “War is peace, freedom is slavery, and ignorance is strength.” All of these paradoxes show the inner contradictions of this new society. Orwell shows, though, how the government and the citizens are able to internalize these paradoxes and make them into reality.

The Irish writer Oscar Wilde was particularly noted for his use of paradoxes. In The Picture of Dorian Grey, Wilde writes, “Well, the way of paradoxes is the way of truth. To test reality we must see it on the tight rope. When the verities become acrobats, we can judge them.”