As I was riding up a steep hill this bright morning, taking a load on my bicycle rack for the recycling bins, I reflected that every step (or turn of the pedals) is not only one more step taken but one fewer to be taken, so it’s a double gain. Suppose you have 100 steps to climb, and you climb from step 49 to 50. Before, you had climbed 49 and had 51 to go; after, you have climbed 50 and have only 50 to go; and the difference between the two states, between 49-51 and 50-50, is 2. And likewise for miles to walk, and all other chains of tasks.
So, is this a known, old paradox, dating back perhaps to Zeno?
And, where is the fallacy in it?
Ahem. It might also be the pessimist’s paradox. When you grow one year older…