A riddle without an answer....

Discussion in 'General Philosophy' started by sargentlard, Nov 11, 2003.

  1. sargentlard Save the whales motherfucker Valued Senior Member

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    ...is it a riddle then???

    I know it sounds retarded but is a riddle that has no answer, no solution, no logical outcome considered a riddle then or merely a saying that is meant as a teaching or something else.

    Doesn't it basically achieve the same status as How many roads must a man walk before he can become a man?. They both maybe wise in their existence but they have no real answers.

    Also riddles involving math and logic....if they have no answers then aren't they just anomalies?

    To solve or explain? doesn't that rule out riddles with no answers as not being riddles but more or less questions that lead to no where?

    I know, it is pretty weak substance but i put forth the question.

    What do you think?
     
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  3. Halo Full Time Nerd-Bomber Registered Senior Member

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    Well, according to the definition:

    "A question or statement requiring thought to answer or understand; a conundrum.
    One that is perplexing; an enigma."


    A riddle with no answer still requires thought. After reasoning it out and coming to the conclusion that there is no answer, you've still used your brain to understand this conundrum, thus validating it as a riddle. And since you have not come to a conclusion or answer, it would be quite perplexing and quite the enigme.

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  5. Quantum Quack Life's a tease... Valued Senior Member

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    The imagination is a rather amazing thing in that it can be used to be incredibly productive and it can be used in a way that is so futile.

    Riddles that have no answer are very easy for us to imagine but some times incredibly difficult to identify thus stopping the process of trying to solve an impossibility.

    The key I think for any one is to be able to recognise that the puzzle or riddle is unsolvable, and move on.

    This is not easy some times because the riddles can be so entertaining. An activity I call mental masturbation (playing with one self) is an excersise in futility.

    One of our first lessons as children is to understand the nature of futility. In fact recognising futility would be one of our most important lessons.

    You only live for so long and how you spend your time is important, you can waste it by trying to do the impossible or you can be productive and do the possible.

    Letting go of an impossible riddle can be so hard to do.
     
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