Balance is required in our universe, every action has a consequence, and every item it's counterpart. Good and evil, day and night. Many religions have there own form of balance, whether it be the Horned God and the Goddess, or God and Satan. The ancient Chinese and those following Taoism called these forces Yin and Yang. The symbolic embodiment of these forces is known as the taijitu. The taijitu is the combining and encircling of the individual symbols for Yin and Yang. Many say the whole taijitu represents the universe in a whole. The Yin and Yang both embody specific opposites. The Yin (shown as the black half) represents that of femininity, passiveness, night, the Moon, darkness, and destruction. The Yang (shown as the white half) represents masculinity, dominance, aggression, day, the Sun, light, and creation. This symbol is a good reminder that everything must have an opposite to exist, and one must embrace both sides of the universe to have a true, full understanding of it's workings.
You are correct, it is not polar. However the point of writing this was not to claim that everything in this world is black and white, but to be a reminder to those that everything has balance in one form or another, and in philosophy should treat magick, and life, as such a harmony.
True balance exists. As does imbalance.
It all depends on where you look.
If you look at a house, imbalance.
A city, imbalance.
A state, imbalance.
But a little wider, a power source (perhaps 10 states away).
Only by looking at the whole picture is there balance.
Power, electricity, only works through imbalance. An imbalance is created for the very purpose of moving electricity. Electricity would not move without that imbalance.
Going back to embracing both sides. There comes a point when enough information is all you need. Both sides do not need to be "embraced" either. You can be over prepared. You can have too much knowledge.
There is a reason we have labourers to do certain work. Sure, skilled people can do it. But the reality is is that the guy getting paid $20 less could just as easily do it.
You don't need full understandings. You need enough to get the job done.
I disagree with you there Sidestepper, the philosophy of getting or doing "just good enough" to a minimal standpoint, without exceeding the minimal expectation, is mediocrity. It is ordinary, and I doubt many who study magick and follow their own individual paths strive to embrace it, and not settle for second best. Why be ordinary, when one can be extraordinary? And to acknowledge your view of those working for less, the "servant class" as some have come to call them, is a very restricting and narrow viewpoint, boxing those into a category that they cannot, in your opinion, escape.
And to acknowledge your view of those working for less, the "servant class" as some have come to call them, is a very restricting and narrow viewpoint, boxing those into a category that they cannot, in your opinion, escape.
A person must first be a labourer before they can become an apprentice, and before they can be a journeyman.
There is no narrowness in there. Actually, one could say your saying there is narrowness is actually narrowness, and jumping to conclusions.
I don't remember stating anything about non-escape. But let's stay on topic, shall we?
I feel our disagreement lies in our philosophy on understanding the universe. You find it non-beneficial to learn everything you can, valuing practicality over excess in knowledge. I on the other hand, find knowledge to be the source of all power, therefore we must never stop trying attain it. Our argument is merely rooted in our values of philosophy, neither is truly right, nor truly wrong. It is just our way to interpret what we believe. Bringing it back to balance, you're philosophy and mine differ in opinion, however both add benefit to the conversation, and also disadvantages to the conversation. However I believe that we can both conclude that neither of us is wrong, meeting to a balance.