Life is an unsolved riddle only to the degree that you haven’t yet realized yourself to be the answer.
What can be said about paradox? Literally everything. That is the essence of paradox. It is why seeking one truth, proclaiming there to be only one right path… Well, it just never really works. There have been atheists who are more altruistic than the more religious types. Very materialist types that espouse a spiritual paradigm for their life. Look at Tony Robins. There is a reason that old saying holds to this day, that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.
The Heyoka shamans followed a path of paradox exclusively to counterbalance the tendency of the tribe to loose sensitivity. They did things backwards, basically. Said they weren’t hungry and ate. Said they didn’t like someone then hugged them. This was the path of the Heyoka, and when they told someone they weren’t hungry they were fed. When they weren’t tired, they were given places to sleep. What did this do for those people? It made them think. When we get stuck in binary thinking, we loose touch with reality, and their actions disrupted normal thought. It was considered a sacred duty. It was an offence to the spirits to not be noticed. It was believed that the Heyoka were in a sense the most inspired shamans.
There is an underlying truth in paradox. Life itself seems paradoxical. Why do good people suffer? And selfish people seems to live a life of utter hedonism? Paradox isn’t so obtuse as many people think it is and that wave has a base line. The Buddha sort of spoke of it. He said the origin of suffering is attachment. But he did not say that the objects of attachment were evil or that you were to abstain. The base line is awareness.
Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.