Big Idea: The opposite is also true.
Since Niels Bohr was a physicist, I’m sure he was thinking about truths like light and gravity.
What about in the realm of our emotions?
Think about the concept of ‘Tough Love’, where what’s loving is to hold people to a standard and expect their best. The opposite is also true, where the loving thing to do is to create space and empathy.
If the human race is ever going to get along, we need to understand that for what we hold as The Truth, someone else may believe the opposite to be The Truth. Who are we to say which is actually correct? Why can’t they both be true?
It’s sort of like pain. What’s joyful for me might be painful for others. Pick a holiday: for some people, they’d rather a particular holiday were struck from the calendar. Neither is right. Who am I to say that someone else’s pain (or joy) is not real and valid?
This week, try this: The next time you come up against a strong emotion, take a minute to examine its opposite and how some people may hold that as their truth.
Quote: "A deep truth is a truth so deep that not only is it true but its exact opposite is also true." ~Niels Bohr
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