August 29, 2004

We need dualism to live and experience. The list of examples
is basically infinite: day and night, good and bad, dark and
light, male and female, healthy and sick, and so on. Without
the opposite concept, we would not recognize the difference;
all would be the same. And when there is nothing else, we
cannot imagine or appreciate anything else—it would not
exist for us. This would make learning difficult because there
would be no way to compare things and occasions. How could
we appreciate life if there was no death?

Still, we are blind. We do not want to see that one cannot
get the other without expecting the other to occur as well.
We’re after happiness but we’re afraid of sorrow. We’re after
wealth but cannot stand poorness. We get disappointed when
the other event appears. Usually it’s a great disaster or bad
karma/luck. And when the positive occurrence meets us, we
have deserved it—naturally. It’s quite funny, I must say.
Unfortunately, this is how we live and act. The consequences
of our blindness are not nice to see. As much happiness as we
create, we create at least the same amount of sorrow by not
seeing the full picture. Our selfish behavior creates a mess
that others have to solve.

Most of the dualisms are our own creation. They do not
actually exist in our physical world. Think, for example, of
good and bad or beauty and ugliness. Each person formulates
his or her own perception of these concepts. Things are just
what they are—we create the meaning, the dualism. If we
would see the pure, true existence, there would be far fewer
surprises and disappointments and far fewer ideological wars
or “acts of rightness.” But are we able to learn to live without
the dualistic existence reminding us the lesson every day? For
instance, humankind has not learned to live in peace since the
first day of our existence—the concept seems so difficult to
master. Yet if you hit someone with a hammer and the other
person gets hurt, he or she might just hit back. Then you are
hurt as well, and everybody is worse off. Get the full picture?

This is the original text, and an edited version can be found in the Fragments of Reality -book.