August 25, 2020

The Potential of Contrast

If you draw every perspective and reroute its history, a point would remain. The interwoven link between each perspective is boundless. Once contrast was set in motion, a perspective was split like fission. Time and time again, paths would cross again. Each time an overlap occurs, a new perspective is born. The continual process of likeness and contrast creates a much larger world of ideas, thoughts, and expressions.

Experience helps guide each perspective along the journey of life. Experiences exist all along the spectrum of negativity to positivity. The point along the spectrum is relative to circumstance, so each reaction to new unfolding events will differ. Contrasting perceptions creates unique inner worlds that often overlap to generate more potential.

We need contrast to understand the world around us. The internal output of the mind is dependent on various circumstances. As external contrast between various situations increases on a relative scale, our internal world becomes increasingly distict. Therefore, our life progresses as we add layers of contrast. If we were to repeat the same external cycle over-and-over, we'd soon realize that the beginning is the end and the end is the beginning. We need such contrasts to grow, develop, change, evolve, and adapt. Being stuck in a continual loop creates stagnation.

There is a fine-line between a constructive perspective and a destructive one. This heavily depends on the state of the mind and the circumstances that follow. Negative emotion prevents the ability to filter the mind. All it takes is an external event that disagrees with our current state-of-mind. The cyclic ebs and flows of life is inevitable; however, we can channel our energy constructively. Awareness is the force that pulls us away from a state of turbulance. Every time we go through a cycle of turbulance, the distribution of energy becomes imbalanced. The higher the frequency and intensity, the worse the condition.

Insecurity is a big factor which contributes to imbalance. It is strongly connected to the urge to conform within a system. Without constrast, insecurity would not foster because it needs a distinct source relative to us. Once we attach a weight or value to an characteristic or trait of interest, we compare such a weight relative to our own. This means that the objects that we value are key catalysts for insecurity. This is another reason for the common issues of racism, gender inequality, etc. The weight does not exist, yet we actively define it so. These are subjective constructs that bear no weight on their own.

Oftentimes we label a field such as Mathematics with higher value than English, Music, etc. Each field is equally complex in their own right. Our ability to learn is a function of the energy that our predesessors invested in different fields. It is not pre-set at birth. There is a much more complex series of events leading up to our inception. Tending towards the path of least resistance is key to minimize the dinstiction between our expectation and current state.

Since communication is a necessary tool for survival, it follows that our distribution of energy will be centered on fields that utilize communication. Since English is a common denominator, there is less resistance to learn. Therefore, there is not a 1-1 relationship between complexity and resistance to learn.

The value that we attach to each characteristic is insignificant and only a representation of insecurity. Moreover, the value is often directly proportional to external contrast. Therefore, contrast creates two opposing forces- inward versus outward focus. One leads to collapse whereas the other leads to growth. Insecurities will always reside in the background - we must work to resist it.

The positive side of contrast is amplifying whereas the negative side is dampening. Notice how negativity draws toward a single point (convergence). Conversely, positive energy points outward in infinitely many directions (divergence). Our perception of the world depends on energy, and if energy draws out, perception dwindles away. By accepting contrast, we maintain these differences, which potentiates society. Conforming to a heavily controlled system reduces contrast, which only restricts overall potential. Finding the right balance and minimizing insecurity helps us utilize contrast to a higher degree.