Seeking Balance in a Polarized World

by Administrator 28.Jul.2008 12:26:00

 In business circles, as well as in our private lives, we talk a lot about achieving balance. This is a difficult goal, especially as we live in a world that is becoming more and more polarized on political and socio-economic levels. In our fear, do we not find ourselves expressing hatred, self-righteousness and irrational notions of revenge and justice that completely overshadow the beauty and the miracle that is the individual human mind?

Oftentimes I wonder if we have evolved at all as a species - We seem destined to relive the same cycle of growth and destruction, so much so that I often feel the urge to “shrink from the duty of opposition”… I fear “I will be reduced to a chattering enraged monkey, screaming back hate at their hate” (apologies to Christopher Isherwood) At such times, the simple yet powerful words of Mike Pinder’s The Balance (Moody Blues) inspire me to surrender to the sheer wonder of just being alive. I can then measure my impact, good and evil, and so too the good and evil of others.  

The Balance   

After he had journeyed,
And his feet were sore,
And he was tired,
He came upon an orange grove
And he rested
And he lay in the cool,
And while he rested, he took to himself an orange and tasted it,
And it was good.
And he felt the earth to his spine,
And he asked, and he saw the tree above him, and the stars,
And the veins in the leaf,
And the light, and the balance.
And he saw magnificent perfection,
Whereon he thought of himself in balance,
And he knew he was.

Just open your eyes,
And realize, the way it's always been.
Just open your mind
And you will find
The way it's always been.
Just open your heart
And that's a start.

And he thought of those he angered,
For he was not a violent man,
And he thought of those he hurt
For he was not a cruel man
And he thought of those he frightened
For he was not an evil man,
And he understood.
He understood himself.

Upon this he saw that when he was of anger or knew hurt or felt fear,
It was because he was not understanding,
And he learned, compassion.

And with his eye of compassion.
He saw his enemies like unto himself,
And he learned love.
Then, he was answered.

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