Thursday, 21 February 2013

Irresistible Force Paradox

Question: "What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object?"

Answer: "Martyrs and saints are generated."

The story of the Constitutions of Clarendon, which eventually led to the murder of Thomas Becket in Canterbury cathedral, and his subsequent beatification and canonization as a saint and martyr, is one about two of the most willful and stubborn people in all of history: Henry the second, king of England, who would want his authority and will acted upon and obeyed in all matters, and Thomas Becket,archbishop of Canterbury, who refused to surrender the liberties of the church to the king. Thomas Becket was the immovable object; King Henry was the irresistible force.

The story is about how the paradox was eventually resolved.

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