Opposites – Clashing in Dissonance or Co-existing?

Some say Opposites attract while others say they run away from each other.

“At first, opposites attract. Then opposites attack.” – Rick Warren

The attraction between two completely different things is but natural as they exist on two different poles apart from each other, they say.

But only if we knew that these so-called opposite poles are not two distant ends but two distinct points of a circle. Yes, a circle. As both keep chasing each other, which the world sees as a cycle.  When one reaches the point, the chase for the other one starts right from that moment. The truth is the two opposites can not exist without each other.

Just like when the day ends, night starts and when the night ends, it is another day again. When things get old, we buy new ones and our experience of using the old one determines our choice of buying the new one.

When two conflicting elements come together, sometimes the result is harmonious, a peaceful coexistence of unnatural allies. Sometimes the tension remains unresolved. Sometimes it’s a bit of both.

Just like in this picture below, a fresh leaf rotting from within clearly indicates the co-existence of life and death in the same body.

This is co-existence, a state in which two or more groups are living together while respecting their differences and resolving their conflicts nonviolently.



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