When, in our quieter moments, we ponder everything and everyone together, we notice the interdependence and contradictory aspects of the Universe. It’s interesting that the struggle between this and that determines the formation and life of everything. Opposites push development ahead. In the Universe, nothing exists without contradiction.
At the most basic level of matter we find this fact: There are protons and electrons, neutrons and antineutrons, matter and antimatter. As children, we learned about magnetic fields. Like charges repel and opposite charges attract. On one bar magnet we find both poles. These facts are more than mere metaphors about life; they are the reality of each person’s life.
Regardless of whatever philosophy or religion we choose to examine, we find the idea of opposites. In the East, there is the metaphysical notion of Yin Yang–the union and harmony of opposites. In the West, there is Aristotle’s Table of the Pythagorean Opposites.
Can we have one aspect without the other? I’ve heard political rhetoric by radical conservatives that they wish to eliminate people with liberal thoughts. While such a monsterous act is easy to imagine, eliminating all people with liberal ideas would mean the destruction of all people. Even the most arch-conservative on Earth harbors at least one liberal thought. The same principle is true for liberals. In order to maintain some semblance of civilization, conservatives and liberals need to understand that reverse and forward are integral aspects of motion as a whole.
I could write a long article about opposites, but I chose instead to write a short one. The idea is to plant the seed of contemplation of opposites in your mind. Opposites as subject matter, are interesting things to ponder. Or are they?