“We are sun and moon, dear friend; we are sea and land. It is not our purpose to become each other; it is to recognize each other, to learn to see the other and honor him for what he is: each the other’s opposite and complement.”
– Hermann Hesse
Accepting that people we love may have a different path to the truth than us with very different perceptions of what truth is seems to be difficult for many of us to accept. I wonder at times how much strength it takes to allow for the differences in the outlook of a friend and try to integrate the two rather than believe automatically that one has to be true and the other false. Hegel’s dialectic is thesis, antithesis, synthesis. Two things that oppose each other that seek a combination of some sort, an integration which in turn becomes a new thesis and thus we evolve our viewpoints.
Yet so many people get caught up in the belief that what they currently believe is the only possible truth and would rather break off discussions or friendships rather than risk that belief. More and more I have become determined to not identify as much with my beliefs but to constantly aim towards finding a higher truth.
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Manifesting Trance Formations by G A Rosenberg