Post No.: 0004
We need to know what dark is before we can understand what bright is, and vice-versa (e.g. time and again, those who’ve just experienced real and prolonged starvation tend to find that their next meal, even if it’s just a humble meal, is the best meal they’ve ever had – we wouldn’t know what satiety is without also knowing what hunger is). Yin and yang, dark and bright, hot and cold, heavy and light, high and low, long and short, slow and fast, young and old, rich and poor, even love and hate, good and bad, etc. – these are relative positions and can only be understood in relation to another reference point. They depend on one’s frame of reference.
A sense of entitlement, ingratitude and not knowing when enough is enough comes from only really knowing fortune in one’s life. So try something like abstinence/fasting or exposing oneself to a simpler life every regular once in a while, to recalibrate one’s own sense of fortune. You may be luckier than you realised. You often don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.
We wouldn’t know what happiness feels like without also knowing what sadness feels like. We’re not supposed to feel happy all the time and it’s not a failure to feel sad sometimes. It’s normal. It’s yin and yang.
Also sometimes, right next to the highest highs are the lowest lows (e.g. the love of a loved one and then the loss of a loved one, or getting the gold medal compared to just missing out – but is the answer therefore to just never get close to anybody ever again, or to never try? I don’t believe so). We need the threat, or at least empathy, of one side to truly appreciate the other side. Beauty and fragility, pleasure and pain, bravery and foolishness, actually exist quite close with each other.
So don’t diss the dark side!