With opposites we create contrasts, make bold statements in a bi-polar ending of differences. It is a worldview of extremes.It is the language of opposition and the ever-ready inference of conflict.
But there is a third way – the negative, which is neither one thing nor the other. Not a stated polarity but an assertion of negative being. So these trees are seemingly opposites – one growing in the full colour of life the other dying discarded in monochrome. But what if we were to see them as one is growing, the other is not growing; one is grayscale, the other is not.
When there are no opposite words we conflate it with the negative so still we end up bi-polarised :I am Charlie; I am not Charlie; I am not not Charlie…I am all the probabilities in between and all the possibilities of another paradigm. Let us think and act in the third dimension so we do not have to keep on taking sides.
Written with little or no editing, and minimal planning for Stream of Consciousness Saturday: Opposite