“The dance between darkness and light will always remain— the stars and the moon will always need the darkness to be seen, the darkness will just not be worth having without the moon and the stars.”
– JoyBell C. –
Countless stars and planets that make up the Milky Way. A galaxy pulled together in cosmic orbit by the gravitational force of supermassive blackhole Sagittarius A situated at the centre of the galaxy.
How is it that the order and harmony that allows life to evolves would be counting on the epitome of chaos and destruction?
Not to mention that this irony seems to permeate every bit of existence. Being even more pronounced in our everyday life.
The French author, Alexandre Dumas, writes at the end of his book, The Count of Monte Cristo,
“There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must have felt what it is to die, Morrel, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of living.”
How true this is, suppose if our human lives were eternal, what would we live for? Why get out of bed today to do something if you can just do it tomorrow? There would be no struggles to overcome, no problems to solve, neither would there be any love in the absence of hate.
How could the moment hold any significance when there are countless moments to be had? And so despite being able to live an endless life, one would truly be dead.
Apple’s Steve Jobs once said that “Death is the destination we all share, no one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be because death is very likely the single best invention of life.”
From the standpoint of the principle of mutual-codependency, life and death are two halves of a whole; as part of the same thread, viewed from different sides.
As the Taoist sage, Lao Tzu puts it,
“When people see things as beautiful,
ugliness is created.
When people see things as good, evil is created.
Being and non-being produce each other.
Difficult and easy complement each other.
Long and short define each other.
High and low oppose each other.
Fore and aft follow each other.”
-Tao Te Ching