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The many meanings of "Balance"

Be in balance; it’s such a nice statement, and it can be as general or as specific as one likes. I personally like the many meanings and concepts of balance, but would like to elevate it to a philosophy based on balance concepts.

We all know what it means, if someone tells us; "you need more balance";  we may have overdone something, have become too one-sided or fallen of the cliff altogether. Still nothing specific here, all rather general terms meaning something is out of balance.

The general balance concept relates to everything, simple examples are:
Diet ... one cannot live by bread alone. 
Exercise ..  don't do too much and burn out, but do something.
Work ... allow for time out and fun ... and so on ....

To see balance as a philosophy however,  one has to dig deeper, and find some specific meanings and how to use this knowledge.

Balance as Philosophy; or, The Five Concepts of Balance

1. Balance Concept:  One by itself can not exist ( we need two to tango )

Balance is of the uppermost importance, because we do live on a planet where we need at least 2 to exist. There needs to be 2 of everything, 2 sides of a coin, yin and yang, plus and minus - neagative and positve. One by itself cannot exist, therefore to be in balance one needs the second part to be in balance with.

This principle of balance, is demonstrated  in the male and female principle.

The whole significant of that statement may just pass us by, but on reflection we know that the natural consequence of balance is that both parts or sides are equal. 

2. Balance Concept: Equality

Equality has nothing to do with being the same.
Picture a set of scales: on one side put 500 grams of apples on the other 500grams of pears, maybe you have a preference for one or the other, but to be in balance each is the same.
Everything which comes in a plural version is therefore equal, male and female are equal, different but equal.

A physical example, "polarity", as in a "Battery", positive and negative charge, would anyone really think that one pole is better than the other?
Would it be possible, just to have the positive side?
Sure, you can have it... but it doesn't do anything, to actually produce the energy which we need so much of, we need both poles.

3. Balance Concept: Energy Creation

If something is in balance, like the positive and negative pole of a battery, energy is created.
This opens up a  "new" concept of balance.

For starters, if a man and a woman are living in balance, they will create energy, which means, they can achieve more together than they could have achieved individualy.

This energy sometimes is extended into synergy, where the sum of the whole far outweights that of the individual.

However, if one of the couple is perceiving the other as not being an equal, no or less energy is created, down to the point, where by fighting or point scoring against each other, no energy is created at all and the outcome is zero.

Can the plurality and balance be applied to our political system?

The mis-interpretation of the word opposition as opposing has created problems. Instead of just being the opposite side of the equation the political concept of opposition, as in opposing everything, has created a vacuum in energy output for most political endeavours. This could be the reason why little progress is made.

Political parties keep themselves busy by putting each other down, not a productive endeavour for a country.

The idea that one party is better or knows better than any other is based on ideology. 
Party political reasons are the main driving force which keeps defending a righteous ideology.

A truly inspiring and working well party system instead could create synergy, resulting in a truly inspiring outcome.

4. Balance Concept: Right or Wrong

Most of our decisions are based on right or wrong, again a balance principle.  In reality there is no right and wrong as we perceive it.
Balance is always created by having 2 sides, therefore the term wrong as we see it, simply means it is part of the balance and it is needed as much as the right side.

Right and wrong are equals as much as male and female or positive and negative are equals.

This may create an outcry, "surely, to kill someone is wrong",  and ..  yes, it is, and we should by now understand that and stop it".
With other words, we still didn't get the message:
To live in balance we do something, which may be wrong, than we correct it, which may be right. We have now created balance, which has created an energy to move on, and that specific item, "killing", should be way beyond us.
It should be absolutely obvious that killing is out, it should have become what is called a truth, a universal value truth, where everyone agrees too.

That's what an universal value is, something we all have learnt to be true or working best for the human race and therefore it is an agreed universal value truth.

5. Balance Concept: Breaking Point

Now we come to another principle of balance, which often is overlooked.

Not everything can be balanced, if either side becomes  too extreme, the counter weight would break the balance altogether. Hence the phrase "it has reached breaking point". There is only so much which can be balanced. That is not to say that everything is lost, it simply means it has to be brought closer again ... baby steps have to be made, slowly, surely reaching out to each other in order to come to the point where balance is possible once again.

Ideologies in any form are counterproductive. The problem is not the ideology, which can be seen simply as an idea, the problem is that people become self-righteous and defend their ideology to the death, because it would be simply too hard to admit being wrong. Therefore most ideologies are based on proving someone else's ideology wrong.

Interestingly, different ideologies could support a perfect balance. The differences could be seen as enriching rather than as a threat to one’s own truth.

Here's a simple demonstration of being right and insisting on being right, therefor being righteous, therefor not being in balance:

... try to walk only with your right leg. The left leg stands still as you take the right leg forward, again and again .. until finally, you realise .... you are walking in circles.

... Lets not do that ..

.. So, how to create balance in your life?    Add what's missing ...

.. your comments are welcome ...

15 Mar 2011

Last Update: 15 Jun 2015

Article/Information supplied by Dieter Luske

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