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Opposites Derive from the Same Source (usually)


It's very important to realize that opposites point to the same derivative. Take hot and cold for example: to understand what they are, we have to know that they derive from a singular word: temperature.

We can use this technique on all words to reveal its form and then diagnose the actually problem instead of a symptom.

Take fear for example: let's say you're afraid of lots, why is that? Well, it's very possible that you're also very hopeful then. Why? Because hope is positive expectation and fear is negative expectation. In other words, the root is expectation, a person that is fearful or hopeful is simply to expectant. So lessen your expectations to get rid of your fears... (at least mental ones), but by doing so you also have to lessen your hopes.

More opposites... good and evil —derives from morality. Morality and amorality derive from a complete entity, since one is to have and the other is in its absence, therefore no word can describe it. Just like how expectation and nonexpectation derive from a complete entity, since one is to have and the other is in its absence, etc.

Birth and death derive from life, thus life we reveal is not the opposite of death, but a movement (on a spectrum) towards death. Birth is the opposite of death. Joy and sadness derive from stimulation, so any technique which numbs stimulation decreases both joy and sadness. etc. etc.

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"Without art, he insists, shirking no personal or collective horrors, we do not know ourselves or anyone else. Only art penetrates what pride, passion, intelligence and habit erect on all sides - the seeming realities of this world. There is another reality, the genuine one, which we lose sight of. This other reality is always sending us hints, which, without art, we can't receive. Proust calls these hints our "true impressions." The true impressions, our persistent intuitions, will, without art, be hidden from us and we will be left with nothing but a "terminology for practical ends which we falsely call life."[1]

[1]: —Saul Bellow, Nobel Laureate Speech, Source.

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