Aim for the Centre: It Represents a Multi-Dimensional and Balanced Approach

Drawing from my journal

 

 

A Proud Centrist in Life

If you understand that opposing values live on a continuum, you recognize that a creative tension exists between them. There is no separation. Embracing this concept will move us away from the divisive and dualistic thinking that pervades our society towards a unified and holistic approach.

 

 

"yin and yang" is used to describe how polar or seemingly contrary forces are interconnected and interdependent in the natural world, and how they give rise to each other in turn. Opposites thus only exist in relation to each other.~Wikipedia

 

 

It’s not Good VERSUS Evil, Good AND Evil will always exist in order to keep society in balance. You couldn’t feel Joy without knowing Pain.

(As a side note: This is why “evil” people deserve LOVE too :) Loving unconditionally doesn’t imply approving of someone’s behaviour.)

 

 

 

Our societal and individual challenge is to strike a balance between all these opposites:

Community       |——————–AND——————–| The Individual

Collaboration    |——————–AND——————–| Competition

Feeling              |——————–AND——————–| Thinking

Art                     |——————–AND——————–| Science

Public                |——————–AND——————–| Private

Decentralized   |——————–AND——————–| Centralized

Qualitative       |——————–AND——————–| Quantitative

Feminine          |——————–AND——————–| Masculine

Trust                 |——————–AND——————–| Accountability

Giving               |——————–AND——————–| Receiving

Transparency  |——————–AND——————–| Privacy

Generous          |——————–AND——————–| Greedy

The list goes on and on.

It’s not about VERSUS anymore. It’s about AND.

As individuals we embody ALL values and traits. We are everything. Our potential as human beings is only limited by our minds. Where we find our own balance, our own centre, on each continuum is what makes us as individuals so complex, multi-dimensional and unique. As for society, it is a reflection of the individuals within it. As individuals find their own balance, so too will our society. Herein lies its brilliance.

Scales of Justice

 

A recent Calgary Herald poll asked:

“Which of the following does your happiness depend the most on?”

The majority of respondents answered:

“A feeling of balance in my life.”

 

The world is craving balance. The centre is the sweet spot, because the centre is balanced and multi-dimensional. Aiming for the centre is the path to restoring balance in our systems.

 

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