Black and white, right and wrong, life and death – life is full of duality. It isn’t like the whisperings of secret societies or deadbeat governments. Duality is the ultimate truth. It holds no illusions, no contempt, or any other form of disdain. It simply exists.
At its most basic form, duality is the reality of you and me. It is of our existence, a dual of life to survive long enough to do the right things for the right reasons, in our own benefit or the benefit of others we care about.
The differences and similarities all humans share are the dreams and tragedies we all hold closest to our hearts and the hopes and despairs we harbor within our minds. It’s the very equilibrium of chaos, the very pendulum of harmony. It is the ultimate judge of who you are not only as a human being but mainly as a living soul.
Duality can come in many different forms. When we’re children, it is disguised as the comforts of our imagination vs. the reality of the world surrounding us. When we’re adults, it is the concept of “you vs. the world”; it is the “materially wealthy vs. the materially poor,” but moreover, above all else, it is “us” vs. “them.”
Duality, just like humans, matures into a whole new creature as it grows older alongside each new generation of adults. Duality is just as wicked as it is righteous.
That’s why older people often warn younger people to not put so much importance on material things. Because at the end of the day, what really matters, is the memories you create with anyone you might fall in love with, or the memories you might create alongside your parents or siblings. It is the memories you make with close friends and even with complete strangers.
We can’t forget what’s at stake in our society.
We can’t forget the pains and ills that we are leaving our children of tomorrow’s world.
That is what duality is; it is the realization that we are constantly stuck between the here-and-now and our eventual end, our human death. It is the difference between what we decide to do with our lives vs. what we could have done.
There is no point in contemplating for too much longer. Just do it, just go out there and make some form of difference, even if it’s “small.” Because let’s face it, even “small” acts of change can make someone’s whole day that much better. It can leave an impression on a small community for years to come; it can make a “nobody” into a “somebody”; when viewed through the lens of society.
Truth be told, though, what matters most is that you feel satisfied with your choices in life at the end of the day. Even though we may not control our environment completely, we can always choose to do the right thing in life. Always keep in mind the importance of truth and lies. Remember that we all make mistakes, and it’s part of the journey. But what you can do, is try your best to show even a tiny bit of kindness and understanding for your fellow men and women.
Life is already a trial in itself, and we have to band together with those men and women who share the same ideology of truth in the face of a society full of lies and deceptions.
We must feel sorrow for those who have turned cold and wicked. We must feel remorse for those who do not fully understand that truth is the only way to set ourselves free from the shackles the physical world places on each-and-every-one of us. Yet, we must remain steadfast in our goals and aspirations to make this world even slightly better for the children of tomorrow.
Because I refuse to live in a society that torments our girls, a society that condemns our boys, a society that haunts our women, and a society that thoroughly corrupts our men.
We must not let fear get in our way; we must try and reroute society to work for us as a collective of human beings. Only then will life become even remotely better. Because as of this writing, the physical manifestation of human life is certainly far from where it once was.
Forever in Your Debt,
Leon R.M. Auguste