Day 85 – Hot and Cold

We live in a world of contrast, black and white, strong and weak, good and evil, on and off, yes and no. Some of these we know by comparing the evidence of them that we see in our peers and our environment. Some exist by recognising the contrast within ourselves. The contrast with our thoughts and feelings, even about the same thing. Myself and the Golden Mean Fallacy( ) certainly believe you can see both sides of an argument, contrast can co-exist within us.

Below are some interesting quotes about contrast and seeing both sides, which we may, or may not agree with:

“Philosophy always requires something more, requires the eternal, the true, in contrast to which even the fullest existence as such is but a happy moment.” – Soren Kierkegaard

Kang: Abortions for all!
Crowd: Booo!
Kang: All right, then. No abortions for anyone!
Crowd: Booo!
Kang: Hmm… Abortions for some, miniature American flags for others!
Crowd: Yaaay!

-The Simpsons

“There is no quality in this world that is not what it is merely by contrast. Nothing exists in itself.” – Herman Melville

“Happiness ain’t a thing in itself, it’s only a contrast with something that ain’t pleasant. And so, as soon as the novelty is over and the force of the contrast dulled, it ain’t happiness any longer, and you have to get something fresh.” – Mark Twain

“In contrast to revenge, which is the natural, automatic reaction to transgression and which, because of the irreversibility of the action process can be expected and even calculated, the act of forgiving can never be predicted; it is the only reaction that acts in an unexpected way and thus retains, though being a reaction, something of the original character of action” – Hannah Arendt

“In my picture of the “Night Café” ( ) I have tried to express the idea that the café is a place where one can ruin oneself, go mad or commit a crime. So I have tried to express, as it were, the powers of darkness in a low public house, by soft Louis XV green and malachite, contrasting with yellow-green and harsh blue-greens, and all this in an atmosphere like a devil’s furnace, of pale sulphur”  – Vincent Van Gogh

Heaven has no rage, like love to hatred turned,
Nor Hell a fury, like a woman scorned. – William Congreve

“Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illumines it” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


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