Friday, September 09, 2005

Same Old Soapbox

This thing of polar opposites, and having to chose one in order to find a place in society, is just plain messed up.

I think there are two "real" polar opposites: good & evil.

Yet we often get confused and buy into a lie that the real polar opposites are some other dichotomy. So we pick one side of that dichotomy, assume it is "good," the opposite of it is "evil," and then we align our entire lives according to that belief system. And the longer we play along with it, the stronger the delusion becomes. And, if you try to deny this lie and live outside the given polar extremes, then you end up having very little voice in the world because everyone else is running around promoting their pole while hating the other. Here are a few of the dichotomies I am talking about (I suspect there are many more):

Catholic vs. Protestant

Democrat vs. Republican

Liberal vs. Conservative

White collar vs. blue collar

______ism vs. ________ism (you fill in the blanks)

Good and evil, in my opinion, have been clever enough to invade all of the labels above. They cannot be neatly divided into one of the two labels, but both have found a subtle home in both side of each. Kingdom people must be brave enough to quit playing the given polar games and to admit the larger reality.

OK, I'll come down of the soap box . . . for now.


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