Life’s ironies

ESSENCE - Ligaya Rabago-Visaya (The Freeman) - June 24, 2021 - 12:00am

Life is challenging and demanding, but without a dash of irony, it wouldn't be as pleasurable. In our lives, we are often confronted with ironies. In our daily lives, we are bombarded with ironies, some of which we are completely unaware of. We may be despondent, but life will not allow us to stay that way. Life has its ups and downs for everyone, and it may be quite difficult at times, with irony reigning supreme till the very end, but that is what we call life.

Time passes, and every scar heals with it. Let's take a closer look at life's irony. We continue to do things that make people laugh or even irritate us because we keep doing things that are so obvious. Irony occurs when we do or say things we aren't supposed to do based on our prior or presumed understanding of the situation. But why do we keep doing them?

The motivation for this literary device or method comes from human experiences. We may give several instances from a variety of fields or spheres of life. A teacher who is entrusted to instill positive principles in their students so that they might have a brighter future, but whose own children have ended up in drugs—and in jail.

We have heard from some lawyers who had a thorough understanding of the law but would find ways to interpret it in their favor. Imagine the harm that can be done when we're talking about crimes or the size of impacts if interpretation is done hastily and in poor taste.

When we compare life to sunsets and sunrises, some people think the former is more colorful than the latter, and so good things can happen in goodbyes, leaving good memories and lessons for life.

And, in our never-ending search for meaning and understanding, we must accept that there are some things in this world that we will never be able to explain, even if it only leads to bewilderment and emptiness. Life is full with ironies. It's also what makes it beautiful.

We are concerned about our relationships with people and finding ways to be of service, especially if we are unable to meet certain expectations. However, this effect would be detrimental rather than beneficial. As a result, work is the best antidote to anxiety. The challenge of assisting someone who is even more fatigued is the best treatment for exhaustion. One of life's great ironies is that the one who serves almost always reaps greater rewards than the one who is served.

In an office or working setting, a common scenario occurs, which is ironic in and of itself: no matter how hard one works, the one who is closer to the authority jumps over and climbs the ladder faster. This is a depressing reality that discourages others.

As strange as it may appear, reassessing our objectives causes our learning to evolve over time. Money isn't everything, we learn as children. Humanity and love exist. We forget what we've learned as we get older. As we support our family, we are more likely to labor more and harder for financial rewards. Even so, we don't allow our children to be exposed to sex material or knowledge, despite the fact that these children are physiologically the consequence of the same act.

Ironies abound in human endeavor. They have either positive or negative consequences, but we must understand that such influence will benefit many, if not all, of us.

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