People long for paradise. They long for a life full of goodness and abundance, a life without strife. When this picture perfect scenario doesn’t play out, they can live in a constant state of disappointment.
What they don’t realize is they would not know how to experience or feel what they perceive paradise to be if they didn’t experience and know it’s opposite.
The opposing entities in a duality need to be viewed from a perspective of balance. In Chinese philosophy, the concept of yin and yang is used to describe how seemingly contrary forces are interconnected and how they give rise to each other in turn.
There are endless characteristics that can describe the perfect state of being. However, none of these could possibly be experienced without knowing the opposing entity.
To know love, you must know hate
To know strength, you must know weakness
To know success, you must know failure
To know hope, you must know despair
To know fulfillment, you must know emptiness
To know forgiveness, you must know revenge
To know good, you must know evil
To know faith, you must know uncertainty
To know bravery, you must know fear
To know abundance, you must know scarcity
To know happiness, you must know sadness
All things will balance out in the end. Learn to respect and even embrace opposing forces. Without them, the joy of the human experience could not exist.