balance

/balance

opposites

love is not the opposite of hate
joy is not the opposite of sadness

the opposite of joy
is indifference to joy
the opposite of sadness
is indifference to sadness

all things coexist
side by side
on their own spectrum

joy -------------------------------- indifference to joy
sadness ------------------------ indifference to sadness

this is why i can feel conflicting feelings
at the same time

love for my partner ------ | --------------- indifference
anger at my partner --------------- | ------ indifference

only my position
on the spectrum changes

/opposites

IO

“But Kai, you're so young. You have your whole life in front of you...”

"No Lizi. None of us have our lives in front of us. We only have the lives we leave behind us. That, is what defines us.”
/defines

desire

desire is the root of all evil

money is not the root of all evil

there is plenty of evil behavior
that has nothing to do with money

all desire is not evil
but desire is the root of all evil

/desire

Is this why we exist?

The earth is a living organism.
It doesn't make mistakes.

Has the earth deliberately evolved us into a species that can increase carbon dioxide levels in her atmosphere?

Is the earth using us to help melt its polar ice caps, flood its surface, and enter the next phase of its life?

/exist?

spiritual awareness

spiritual awareness
does not mean ~
i become aware
of how other people
should
be living their lives

spiritual awareness
means ~
i become aware
that there are
no shoulds

/awareness

the power

/power

acceptance

~ acceptance ~
is the middle path

but
~ acceptance ~
is difficult

which is why
so few humans
attempt to do it

it’s so much easier
to judge and avoid
we are humans
we like easy

acceptance is the only path to serenity

/acceptance

eleven truths

1 i am more like the other animals
~ than i am different from them
2 i am more like other human beings
~ than i am different from them
3 we all have the same instincts
4 we all have the same needs
5 we all have different desires
6 all desire is not evil
~ but desire is the root of all evil
7 i am the architect of my own misery
8 there is no universal right and wrong
9 there is no universal good and bad
10 all things are normal
11 the earth is a living organism
~ it doesn't make mistakes

/truths

IO

“The other part is even worse.”

Lizi narrows her eyes, “What?”

“Well... They elected people into public office, who were abused as kids.”

“Nǎo cán!”

“Exactly. Diseased brain, is right. It would never happen today.”

“You mean after they received counsel? Right?”

“No, Lizi. People with unresolved anger and fear.”

“Nǎo cán!”

“I know. It’s unthinkable. Some history tellers think that’s what collapsed the Empire.”

“Child abuse? Child abuse collapsed the Empire?”

“Not child abuse. Abused children. Angry frightened children who became adults, but never dealt with their unresolved anger or fear.”

“Yeah, yeah. You just project it onto other people. Transference. We all know how that works.”

“Others say it collapsed because they protected their denial, instead of their national security.”

“And no one stopped this?”
/denial

all things happen in balance

life itself
cannot exist
without the balance
of positive and negative energy

we cling
to our positive beliefs
the way neutrons
cling to protons

but neutrons
do not praise protons
for their positive charge
and shame electrons
for their negativity

neutrons
would have no purpose
without the other two

every building block
in our universe
from atoms
to solar systems
teaches us
the importance
of the balance
of positive and negative

our entire reality
is based on this balance

this is a great truth

this is the middle way

/balance
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