The failure today in politics is a failure of people in not understanding why two opposing forces have evolved and how beautifully these two entities could work together for something useful.
I have learned a secret to the universe that helps me to understand more. This secret has even helped me to understand the chaos we see in politics. Moreso, I better understand other situations . . . from my personal relationships to the design of the universe. In fact, I can't think of one situation this philosophy doesn't describe. Exciting right? So I thought I'd share with you.
Take it away Bruce . . .
Uhh . . . Good try Bruce, but too vague. How about this . . .
You all drive cars perhaps. Inside that car is an engine. Inside that engine is gasoline. The engine vaporizes that gasoline and ignites that gas (called gasoline vapor) with a spark. A violent explosion occurs. You don't notice those explosions because the engine is controlling and containing that explosion and turning that explosion into a motion.
Ever try igniting gasoline vapors without an engine? I hope not. It could be fatal. Doing this would bring to you great chaos.
We, engineers, have learned that vaporized gasoline, uncontained, can be very explosive and potentially destructive on its own. So what did we do? Well, we took a big glob of metal and some moving parts, then organized them very precisely and with very structured rules. We then wrapped this device around the gas cloud and then added a spark (created an explosion). We created chaos (explosion) that is wrapped in order and logic (the engine). Consequently, we produce something very useful by wrapping chaos in order. . . motion!
However, we engineers were merely copying what the universe has already done. It is not just that the universe had already done this . . . the universe is always governed with order while containing chaos. This is the universe's formula for progress and is a natural and fundamental law of the universe. Bruce Lee's law.
The universe can be viewed as a massive, marvelous engine. 13.8 billion years ago, something lit a spark and fueled an explosion (Big Bang). Fortuitously, if that is your presumption, there was rules and order which contained the explosion. These rules and this order we have only discovered in the past 400 years. This discovery is what we call science . . . the knowledge of the rules and laws of the universe. These rules contain and control this massive release of chaos (energy). This chaos coupled with pre-structured rules creates new things. You, me. The planets. Stars. Galaxies. Everything!
If there existed only rules and order, there would be nothing to experience. If there was only energy there would be no organization. Only chaos.
Chaos is motivation. Rules guide chaos and produce things that are meaningful and productive. I didn't invent this yin-yang of contradictory opposites . . . the universe did.
The Chineses philosophy of yin-yang was very close to accurately describing how and why everything exists. However, it was not developed into a pragmatic theory. The difference is that yin-yang says two contradictory things always exists together . . . but stops there. The philosophy I described here says that yes, there exists two contradictory forces. However, the difference is that order must contain chaos in order for progress. Furthermore, chaos is absolutely necessary for motivation. Rules control chaos and produce something new and useful.
I can apply this to philosophy to most everything!
--- Our relationships with opposite personalities. If we have mutual respect and solid bonds, opposites can work together to do amazing things. The ideal formula is that one person is the emotional motivation and the other is the pragmatist.
--- In our own bodies. We have emotions (chaos), but we also have logic, rules, and reason which, most of the time, controls these emotions and gets us moving to accomplish something.
--- The political left (chaos) vs the political right (order).
--- Liberty. Liberty is the chaos. Laws are the order. Great societies are built this way.
In conclusion. As this article started with politics, when one side becomes greater than the other, one of two things happens. Either society becomes chaotic or . . . motivation is stifled and no progress occurs. And quite frankly, human emotion will never be stifled and always find an outlet (hence revolutions).
As two different entities, we are, in essence, now finding relationships across the divide which we can again trust. At some point, this must happen. We won't spiral into never-ending political turmoil. Chaos will dominate for a time, but that only motivates society to change. Eventually, we will see the positive results of this truly marvelous machination.