Law #9


Most of the harmful misconceptions that destroy our lives are not based on lies, but, rather, on a partial truth which we magnify until it hides everything else.  One may observe that anger can be harmful, so they seek to remove it entirely from their life.  The truth is that some degree of anger may be justified and useful. 

Is faith good or bad?  It depends.  Itís wise to have faith in God, but itís also wise sometimes to doubt those who claim to speak for God.

Is it better to take risks or play it safe?  Is it better to be an optimist or a pessimist?  An absolute pessimist will never risk anything and thus never succeed, but an absolute optimist may spend all his money on lottery tickets.

It is good to be forgiving, but it is not good to be a doormat.  Hard work is good, but, too much will destroy us.  It is good to be tolerant, but does this apply to Naziís rounding up Jews?

The answer is that there is a harmony we must seek in all things.  Which instrument should play the loudest in an orchestra?  Thatís a silly question, of course.  There is not one ďrightĒ instrument and one ďwrongĒ instrument.  Rather than seeking to overpower each other, the various instruments need to work together for the harmony they can only produce when they are balanced just right. Likewise, in most situations, the wisest course of action lies not with either extreme, but the precise balance between them.  Although itís easier to think of different positions as either completely right or completely wrong, in most there is a degree of truth in each and wisdom involves blending both to find the perfect harmony.

Itís easy to just accept extremes, it requires less thought and fewer decisions, but, in the long run seeking harmony is best.


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