Dualism is the essence of existence.
Dualism is the essence of existence: Everything requires for its existence its own opposite, or else it fades into nothingness. (C.G.Jung)
There can be no light without darkness, no good without evil, no existence without death. If we desire to be whole, we must accept and embrace our own darkness, and realize that there is no absolute good or evil. All is just how the individual sees and experience this, based on their education, religion and culture.
Too much our view on things gets colored by what we are taught, we don't question enough what people tell us & just accept others ideas as being correct. Sometimes that leads to some strange situations, for example a pagan group which resembles more a liberal xtian gathering than anything else. It’s strange that people who wish to return to a more nature based religion, don’t study much on it, they usually read a few books, maybe join a local group and voila they are self proclaimed pagans. That what they believe or accept is a mish mash of all kind of things, of which paganism probably will be a very small part, they don’t even care. They were initiated by this or that person and so what they learned must be correct. Sad, sad, sad, trying to free oneself from one taught patron, and accepting another one, which resembles the first. As such there is no evolution, no growth, no progress.
There is no need to copy what existed a few hundred or even thousand years ago, but it’s valuable to study a bit, so one knows about background, culture and how this worked in its whole. As such there is at least some historical value. Pagan or new age groups, which declare that we have reached the new golden age, where all people will live in unity and will become spiritual beings, need a touch with reality. They just copy monotheism and try to sell it as a new enlightment. That just doesn’t work. It’s trying to say there is only goodness in the universe, which is utterly wrong.
The universe and all that exists is neither good or evil, its neutral, only mankind colors it, depending on its background. Good & evil, right & wrong are no objective points of view, they are subjective ones. Mankind is not the ultimate being from creation, it’s just another animal, more successful for now then other animals. In fact, man is more cruel then other animals, who will mainly fight or kill to defend its territory. Other animals don’t store more food as necessary and they have no greed, jealousy, etc.
Under the banner of civilization mankind has hidden its true nature, its shadow, because it’s not in agreement with monotheistic religion, manmade laws, etc. As such mankind is creating a dangerous situation, pushed away feelings and frustrations are building up pressure and sooner or later they burst forward, usually in acts that look barbaric to modern society. But is that society so far removed from being beasts? And I especially use the term beast, creating a difference as such with the other animals. It is high time that we challenge a lot of our accepted agreements and restore our true nature, which will be more balanced and most likely could lead us to a better build society. But for that we need to accept that there is light and dark in each of us, and that to be whole, we must live out both parts. That at least if we hurt no other creature by it. It can be a difficult path, but in the end it’s a rewarding one, as it will liberate us of lots of unnecessary baggage and give us new insights how to continue.