there has to be a flip side

July 30, 2010

We know what we mean by white in comparison to black. We know life in comparison with death. We know pleasure in comparison with pain, up in comparison with down. But all these things must come into being together. You don’t have first something then nothing or first nothing then something.

Something and nothing are two sides to the same coin. If you file away the tails side of a coin completely, the heads side of it will disappear as well. So in this sense, the positive and negative, the something and the nothing, are inseparable – they go together. The nothing is the force whereby the something can be manifested.

– Alan Watts, from Nothingness

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