There seems to be a great deal about Balance in movies these days.
I'm thinking of the third Matrix movie, of how Smith turned out to be Neo's opposite number, his counterpart. Neo asks the oracle what Smith is, and she tells him, "He's you."
I'm thinking of the Star Wars prequels, where the prophecy about Anakin was that he would bring Balance to the Force. And he did, in a sense--killed off Dooku and Maul, killed off all the Jedi, until there were only two Jedi Masters and two Sith Lords left. It sucked for everyone concerned, but it was Balance.
I'm thinking of the pop culture understanding of Christian cosmology, with Heaven and Hell evenly matched, with God and Satan as equals, with Balance. Read Good Omens
or Piers Anthony's books about the Incarnations or any such stuff.
This was posted by someone on a Catholic/Protestant discussion forum I frequent."I believe that the spiritual world is in balance.
The tree of knowledge has two sides, good and evil. Both limbs are of equal length.
Westand in the crook of this tree seeing both limbs, one on each side ofus. We must start our lessons on good and evil by starting to climbthese limbs. Witch side do we start on. The easy side off goodness orthe harder side of evil.
From Eves point of view, She already has anexample of good in the garden. God has already stated that it was good.Will she chose to learn about something she already knows. In climbingterms one leg is already up on the good side.
The natural progression then would be to climb on the evil side in order to balance.
This is the choice she made and it was the right choice.
Why is it so hard for Christians to understand this simple truth.
This would indicate to us that we must identify evil and name it beforewe can climb the other good side of the tree to find the good answer towhatever was found to be evil. This seems to be the logical thing to do.
Why is this simple fact not understood.
Todo otherwise, or the opposite would make us look greedy for the goodside while letting the evil side go hungry for solutions and answersfrom us. This would cause imbalance and seen in physical terms, theclimber of the tree would have one leg way too high from the other andhis stance is quite uncomfortable.
If Eve simply stayed on theside of good, the tree would eventually bend towards that side andeventually break. Not God’s plan.
She took the right path for humanity..."
It all sounds so right. Balance. Gaining knowledge was the right thing to do. Keeping the peace between the two extremes.
The problem is that it's dead wrong.
Now don't get me wrong. Anyone who knows me knows that I'm all about Balance. The Golden Mean, the Happy Medium, all that. I'm a political moderate, a peacemaker, a mediator. I've been Switzerland in a dozen relational disputes, I've carried messages between and given advice to feuding boyfriends/girlfriends, I'm always careful not to take sides in a fight that's not my business. The Celtic knot that I use as a sigil--the one that's on my signet ring and on my wallet and that I seal my letters with--is a four-sided knot, symbolic of the four elements or the four seasons or the four winds or the four cardinal directions: equal and opposite forces contained within a whole, oppositing vectors canceling each other out, Balance.
But when it comes to morality, when it comes to alignment, you just don't want your Good and your Evil to balance out.