Harmony, and Integrity
dynamic of our universe is built upon pairs of opposites, or more
precisely, polarity. We inhale and exhale to pump life through
our bodies. Atoms build matter and infuse it with energy with
protons and electrons. We reproduce through the attraction and
fusion of male and female. The rhythm of night and day marks our
time. The polarity of positive and negative produce electrical
energy. The north and south poles create the axis upon which the
pairs of opposites are in balance there is harmony. They are always
seeking balance like the wings of a bird or airplane in flight.
Imbalance produces progress as all in our universe seeks harmony.
Thus we walk by creating imbalance as we strive for balance. We
row a boat, we charge a motor to revolve, and we create revolutions
of new ideas to move society to its next step.
symbols attest to this principle of the balance of opposites.
In many cultures the cross symbolizes the harmonious dynamic,
while in the orient it is symbolized by the unified balance of
yin and yang -- matter and spirit, dark and light, together creating
unity and harmony.
dynamic of progress was explained philosophically by Hegel as
the continuum of thesis-antithesis-synthesis/thesis-antithesis-synthesis,
etc., etc. Synthesis is beyond unity. It is the next step, something
new, to become the foundation and motivating force of the next
revolution or the next creation.
or conflict in the universe is the motor of creative energy seeking
integration. Integration, equilibrium and harmony are the bases
for morality and health. We say that a person or a system is moral
or healthy when there is integrity. Our symbol for justice is
balance. The pairs of opposites are in essence good. However
“good” is not static. It is the act of creating
equilibrium, of reconciling opposites, of creative actions. Opposition
is not in itself bad; it is “bad” when isolated from
the progressive social dynamic of reconciliation and synthesis
– of Justice.
is the force that resists integration: it is the element in the
universe that produces degeneration, illness, cruelty and suffering,
resisting natural harmonious development. On a human level “evil”
has been created by those who thrive on perpetuating imbalance
rather than creating progress. Human “evil” is either
apathetic or forceful, it is hopeless, it resists positive change,
or it tries to force its own selfish will. “Evil”
is the psychology of pessimism and fear, sources of hatred and
destructive conflict in our world, by those who resist the natural
course of human evolution and expansion of consciousness.
forces of history are moving humanity toward greater synthesis
and understanding of how to live in our world harmoniously in
diversity. Those who are out of step with this natural progression
are those who are putting our survival at risk. They lack spiritual
and human integrity. They are the hypocrites who say their intentions
are honorable but use methods that are dishonorable. They infect
people with their own fears and desires in order to manipulate
them for their own personal or ideological interests.
conflict is managed against the greater ideal of sustaining life
with integrity, humanity will develop politics of peace and sustainable
economics that are just, and lead humanity as a whole to greater
fulfillment, health and security. In human history only Mahatma
Gandhi actually demonstrated this in a political context. The
non-violent movement based on Satyagraha that he developed
was an example of striving for political change with integrity.
Polarity and conflict are inherent in our universe. How we use
them creatively for progress will determine our future.
Month: How may the principles of Satyagraha be applied
to modern political systems to create a politics relevant to current
needs and futures hopes?
last month's article:
"Building with one hand, destroying with the other"
2006 Richard Sidy
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