There’s a bit of ancient Egyptian ritual poetry that speaks of the time before creation as “before there were two things”. I’ve always loved that line, that concept, the idea that a thing in isolation is little distinguished from potentiality, that there need to be two things – and with them the concept of observation, of comparison – to define existence.
I play a lot with two-thingsness. It’s not quite an obsession, but I find a lot of energy and power in dualities – along with a lot of risk in playing with them, because so often people collapse them into black-and-white rather than the grand kaleidoscopic pageantry that well-displayed pairings can produce.
(You know what I mean there, right? Male/female light/dark projective/receptive passive/active sun/moon aggressive/nurturing heaven/earth … and isn’t it funny how many of them line up consistently in a lot of people’s stuff? If I asked people to put them in associative columns I’d expect no more than a couple differing between most people’s lists. But every time you add a duality pair, the range of possibilities in the world doubles.)
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