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Belief in polarities as if they're something concrete and real keeps division alive.

23 Mar 2024

Polarities only exist on reflection, in a thought, as a concept. Reality has no polarity, a person has no polarity, unless they’re reduced to a set of ideas and concepts and those ideas and concepts are measured against other ideas and concepts - all of which can only be done in a thought.

Perhaps we create these polarities to feel comfortable. Perhaps to avoid looking at what we mistakenly believe is unsavoury within ourselves. Perhaps it’s to find others we can call our tribe, who not only validate the side we chose, but inherently validate the belief that the polarity has any reality to it in the first place.

To hold on to a belief system around polarity keeps us divided, internally and externally. To take any side of that polarity, as if it has any reality to it beyond an ephemeral thought, is to imprison ourselves in a cell of our own making. Trapped in a mind made world of conceptual ideas, we miss reality happening right in front of our eyes. Outside the sun is shining and leaves are falling, free from any of those concepts. We choose instead to stay in the uncomfortable but familiar prison cell.

We then view others through this lens, creating division and conflict for nothing other than to reinforce our own imaginary prison.

In the end, reality doesn’t care for our attempts to categorise or control it, it’s just what it is. It turns out that’s the most freeing lens of all.

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
and rightdoing there is a field.
I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass
the world is too full to talk about.

— Rumi

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