“The fastest way forward is to trip yourself.” That is what martial arts teach. Students learn that the peak of speed occurs by way of integrating stability and chaos. Rather than to resist or force a propulsion, we are taught to work with the natural law of gravity and bodily mechanics.
Like anything in life, it is polarity that causes movement—a simultaneous contribution between plus and negative. And the greater polarity we can hold, the faster the movement.
This same principle applies to the rest of life.
This universe we live in is one of polar energies.
And our lives as whole, is a dance of these two energies across different domains of our existence; nature, our professions, relationships, hobbies, creations and doings of the day. The construct of infinity and the construct of the finite, are one and the same. Creation’s perfection is in the structure of this paradox, which demonstrates itself in an endless number of dimensions in the human experience.
Finite in its fundamental components. Infinite in its potential.
In physics, magnetism, which defines a subtle interaction of most matter, is a result of simultaneously opposing poles. Both of which are necessary for the phenomenon to function. Even the spectrum of visible colors can be created by the interplay between black and white.
Look at the hardest gem in the world. It is the pressure on the coal that determines the polish of the diamond. Even the greatest swords were fiercely made of hot ore tempered by cool water. Equally, the peak of man’s physique comes from the condition of torturing the flesh and nourishing it simultaneously.
In the arts, the blend between creative and analytical births new forms. The drama we endear, is an ongoing dance between the good and the bad, the hero and the villain, and the journey of challenge and triumph.
In architecture, the base of a tower must be rigid to stabilize the structure, but the same pillar at the peak must bend and sway so it is not fractured by the forces of the wind. As occupants, we feel blessed to settle in the intangible emptiness of the grandest of spaces, which have been constructed by the material walls that enclose them.
Both the material and the non-material are necessary.
On matters of finance, the wealthy man is an accumulation of his ability to integrate risk and reward. That which determines his financial return.
With matters of the heart, it is the resent and affection of man and woman, of their commonalities and differences that forge the bond of lifelong partnership. To learn and be led by one another. Or as Susan Sontag affirms “What is the most beautiful in virile men is something feminine; what is most beautiful in feminine women is something masculine.”
In any discussion, it is the Socratic combination of argument and agreement that most rigorously grows the good idea into a great idea. With the men of finer minds—rigorous contemplation that occurs in the space of serenity in thought, determines the speed of assimilation. For the intellect, teacher or designer of mankind’s curricula will find that all his conclusions are only ever temporary. And in his journey to the finest frame, he will find that the preface is what holds permanence.
I invite you to share your stories of experiencing the polarity of life, business and your journey in the comments below.