“Theory of Balance” “Theory of Value.” -by Koyoto D. Shadow

I’m working on a long dissertation about my theory of balance, but I’ll give a small sample, if you will, of it here.  Its a theme that appears often in my works and quotes, so I figured some might be interested in where I draw these ideas from.

 The theory of balance has two parts.  One is the basic idea that all things go through  the cycle of creation to destruction, whether it be a material thing, like a building, a plant, or an animal, or an abstract thing, like a dream or a thought.  The cycle does not end at ‘uncreation’ if you will, though.  The remnants of what is left is recycled to create new things.  For instance a plant is born from a seed, grows, and eventually dies.  What is left from that plant is returned to the earth as nutrients to nurish the next plant that grows there, thus the cycle completes itself.  Everything that exists goes through this same cycle though each in its own way.  In this way of looking at life, there is no natural ‘evil’ present.  Evil to some is seen as a personification of negative things, but I see it much differently.  Life and all things flow from creation to un-creation and back.  Evil is any force that seeks to break this flow, usually by one drawing power/life/creation to him/her/itself.  Selfishness, in a way is a base form of evil.  Drawing money, power, or other forces to oneself by drawing it from others, leaving them with nothing is the face of evil.  Don’t confuse this with simple consumption, though.  Animals, such as ourselves, for instance, eat plants and even other animals to live as part of the cycle.  We build things (creation), and destroy things as well, in events such as war (destruction).  These are parts of the natural cycle of balance.  Evil is when one distorts these cycles for their own benefit and to the detriment of others.  The line between the two (as we are imperfect creatures, so is our judgement) is very subjective, which leaves many confused on the concept.  Truth, however, is rarely simple, and when it is, is even harder for people to accept.

Which leads to the second point of the theory of balance, one of the biggest questions asked to religion in general:  “Why do bad things happen to good people.”  This is also an aspect of the theory of balance, but also partly due to other factors as well.  “Bad things”  Such as death, are part of the natural cycle.  If there was no death, for instance, the world would overpopulate with all manner of creatures, especially humans, quickly exhausting food supplies, and all would starve, if not some other negative event happen. 

This issue is more easily understood under my second theory, the “Theory of Value”.  Other similar theories have been stated before on this thread, but I include my version to better understand my previous point.  The Theory of Value states that “I cannot know what I am without knowing what I am not.”  Put in simple terms, we as humans value things because there is a negative side to everything.  Humans would not understand the value of life, for instance, if death did not exist.  Even if they understood that life has value, they would not be able to actually give it value, if there was not a chance it could be taken away.  We value love because there is hate in the world, and love is a much more pleasant feeling.  We value peace because war exists to disrupt it.  We value kindness because there are some who are cruel.

The scarcer the resource, the more value it has, such as the case is with things like diamonds.  There are relatively few in the world, each one is different, thus each individual is valuable.  The same is the case with human beings.  Each of us is unique in our talents, experiences, and personalities, and no two are exactly alike.  Thus in this way each of us has value, by knowing that we as individuals have no copies, no clones, no one exactly like us.  This scarcity, this knowledge that we are limited gives us value.

Even if a person does not accept that negatives exist to give positives meaning and value, then this would still hold true:  the other reason for bad things happening to good people is to reinforce the concept of free will, and that our actions have consequences.  If one man freely shoots another and kills him, that man is dead, and cannot be brought back.  This is due to the first man’s action out of his own choice.   Thinking this way proves that the concept of fate is folly.  If fate exists, free will does not, all actions have no value or meaning.  The idea of fate cheapens the value of the lives of the people who endured much to do great things.  Live your life by your own will.  Good or bad, let your life be decided by your own actions, so that you may proudly say when you are done that all that you have done was done because you made it so with your own hands.  Live your life freely, don’t fear fate.

-Koyoto D. Shadow

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