The Question of Balance

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Via a very knowledgeable and wise friend of mine Laurent Tremblay

I do not agree for many reasons, like for the one, if this “kills himself” means suicide. Usually, it is not the “I” alone who kills itself, but a painful pathological complex that takes over the “I”. And if you want control over yourself to the point to destroy yourself, obviously, a control complex is already taking control of you.

What is your opinion?

Do or do not. There is no try! Said Yoda in Star Wars, Ep. 5.
If you have watched it or are a fan of these series, you may know what I’m talking about. This is not such a committing suicide, but It is a battle with the self.

And how wondrous Shakespeare shows in his works the inner challenge of humans. Always when his characters confront the evil, their own evil. I must think of Hamlet, who suddenly got the truth from his dead father’s soul about the terrible thing that happened to him, and there the tragedy begins. Here comes a question: To Be or Not To Be

Hamlet is thinking about life and death. It is the great question that Hamlet is asking about human existence in general and his own existence in particular – a reflection on whether it’s better to be alive or to be dead.

 In this scene in which Hamlet says his famous narration: “to be or not to be” (as some take it for having fun), he brings up the choice for living on or not. As he continues:

That is the question; whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer, the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles? And by opposing end them. to die, to sleep- no more – and by a sleep to say we end the headache and the thousand natural shocks… You surely know it well.

A Masterwork by the Russian director Grigori Kozintsev, which I saw in the early ’70s, of course, was synchronised in Persian.

This “putting an end” is, of course, for a moment: the idea of killing himself and solving the problem. It’s not for a painful psychological complex, but this is only a big shock, which man must master, and it can be not so easy!

We all have two sides: the light and the dark. Or let the Master speak:

And finally, I think it is a severe and heavy subject, and we must give an immense effort to find out how to understand it. But in my opinion, it is to find the balance. There is a duality in everything, and balance is the only solution.

The music might be helpful! Here is Moody Blues with (Question of) Balance. Have a peaceful weekend, everybody. 🤗🙏💖

“The Balance”

After he had journeyed,
And his feet were sore,
And he was tired,
He came upon an orange grove
And he rested
And he lay in the cool,
And while he rested, he took to himself an orange and tasted it,
And it was good.
And he felt the earth to his spine,
And he asked, and he saw the tree above him and the stars,
And the veins in the leaf,
And the light, and the balance.
And he saw magnificent perfection,
Whereon he thought of himself in balance,
And he knew he was.

Just open your eyes,
And realize, the way it’s always been.
Just open your mind
And you will find
The way it’s always been.
Just open your heart
And that’s a start.

And he thought of those he angered,
For he was not a violent man,
And he thought of those he hurt
For he was not a cruel man
And he thought of those he frightened
For he was not an evil man,
And he understood.
He understood himself.

Upon this, he saw that when he was of anger or knew hurt or felt fear,
It was because he was not understanding,
And he learned compassion.

And with his eye of compassion.
He saw his enemies like unto himself,
And he learned love.
Then, he was answered.

Just open your eyes,
And realize, the way it’s always been.
Just open your mind
And you will find
The way it’s always been.
Just open your heart
And that’s a start.

https://www.nosweatshakespeare.com/quotes/soliloquies/to-be-or-not-to-be/

14 thoughts on “The Question of Balance

  1. Wow, what a beautiful, heartfelt, deep, reflective post! Thank you so much Aladin for sharing this with us. The timing this Samhain weekend feels just right for us to consider the big questions around life and death and the thinning of the veil. Suicide, sadly, is often a taboo subject so I was pleased that you mentioned it here and how you so rightly name it as “a battle with the Self”. Listening to (Question of) Balance as I type, and perhaps find myself listening to the answer too. Love and light, Deborah.

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  2. I guess Freud would say that Hamlet was depressed, and he did, actually, as he had very good reasons to be so:the death of his father, the discovery of his murder by the hand his uncle, her mother’s hasty marriage with his uncle, which he feels as betrayal both towards his father’s memory and himself. In this psychological state, he is demanded to act by the ghost of his father and revenge him, but depression and action are quite oxymoric and here the thought of suicide sprouts so as the consequent pondering on the meaning of life. But he did not commit suicide eventually, hence, Hamlet was more “balanced” than we can suppose – and even because the tragedy could not end at the beginning of Act III – .😉 Great post.😘😘

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  3. Star Wars, Carl Jung, Moody Blues.. All in one post? We think alike, my friend. The Moody Blues are probably my favorite band of all time. And your post is in an invitation for me to listen to this album, as it has been a couple years. Oh how these lyrics speak to the mind and the heart, don’t they? Soul food. Again, I am so happy you share this knowledge with us. Keep up the fantastic blogging🔮🍊🎻🙂

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  4. So many things to think about in this post. Catholics (my religion of origin but not so much now) are taught to believe that suicide is a sin, but I don’t know. If someone is so sad, or sick or depressed to even consider it, then how much of a sin could it be? i think it’s an act of extreme bravery to end your life not knowing what awaits. I’m not condoning it, and I feel terribly sad for those people who do and especially for the people left behind who have the worst of it.

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