This poem is a beautiful expression of the necessity of dichotomy. How would we know what joy is without having known sorrow? How can we distinguish what is true without knowing what is not true (lies)? It's all relative. If all we experienced was so-called good, we would not know it as such because we would not have a point of reference to contrast what it would be like otherwise. Each are two sides of the same coin, without one side, it would be incomplete.
On May 10, 2014Prudence wrote :
i think this is an illusion - that we need pain to respect peace. we should see the world as a child does. small children have little experience of pain, but are full of joy.