We can clearly recognize how Mother Nature works with our physical elements. There is an opposing force for everything we can perceive. For example, hot and cold can be felt and experienced without any confusion or debate. Wet and dry, windy and calm, day and night, and many other aspects of nature can be shown to be opposing in their ways.
The rotation of earth brings the seasons with their opposing, but complementary characteristics that are mandatory for our world to function in the manner it does. These things we can all agree upon as being the foundations of our physical world’s existence.
Our dependency on Mother Nature and our physical world has led us to explore and study all we can in order to better understand how it works in order to survive and thrive within the elements. But what about our understanding of our human nature? Why does that continue to be neglected and swept under the rug?
“I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies but not the madness of people.”
― Isaac Newton
Why do we do the things we do and why do others do what they do? These are questions each of us has asked ourselves at one time or another. It appears we haven’t made much progress in our understanding of our behaviors. By not understanding our human nature we are stuck in the mire of our instinctual reactions which ultimately leads to our problems of conflicting points of view.
We humans are a funny lot, to say the least. Unraveling some of human nature’s secrets would seem to be a priority for us to research. Doesn’t it make sense to try and learn more about ourselves? Plato thought so when he said in Phaedrus, “I must first know myself, as the Delphian inscription says; to be curious about that which is not my concern, while I am still ignorant of my own self would be ridiculous.”
Knowing yourself sure helps with some of the confusion and conflict in life. If we can understand how we react to life with our strengths and our weaknesses, maybe we can begin to understand others and why they do what they do. Maybe we can then see that we all own just a small piece of the overall big picture as does everyone else.
Then maybe, just maybe, we can begin the process of working together and not enter into the ring to fight one another over who is right or wrong with their misinterpretations of reality. Maybe we can begin to become complementary with each other and work together like the seasons of Mother Nature. After all, Mother knows best!