The duality that dwells within the human being is not hard to find. These complements exist all around us, just as they do within. Though many strive to be “good people” they forget that they, too, are capable of the other. We should not focus on the polarities alone in the sphere of duality, but more on the fabric that binds them; the paradox.
Throughout popular culture, especially in the west, we have the ability to deify those who have committed grave crimes. We honor those that have wronged and those that have not been “good people.”
We have movies and stories that portray the typical antagonist as the protagonist character. This is common with stories of thieves, and also with particular cults that would otherwise be considered malicious. The popular movies Ocean’s Eleven and its two sequels portray the thieves as the protagonists. Though this is a fun screen rendering, its popularity illustrates the interest in and the innate nature of man’s duality.
The story of William H. Bonnie, or Billy the Kid, has spawned many books, films, plays and the like. Known as a wanted murderer, though the stories vary; Billy the Kid has been held high on a pedestal of fame since the 1800’s. We have a modest museum dedicated to the man. The gunslinger role is popular with children and some adults. He is often portrayed as a protagonist character in many stories.
Bonnie and Clyde were two people who had the support of many during their time, even though they slaughtered people and robbed them. This tale was given the lure of a love story. We can see these stories emulated in movies such as Thelma and Louise, True Romance, Natural Born Killers and several others.
Humans hold a natural duality within, just as nature does. We must not forget this. The lure of either polarity is alive and well within each of us. Many enjoy being devious, malicious and “bad people.” The opposite is also true, but we must not forget the paradox; the fabric that lives between the two.
Within the heart we can find the balance. We can recognize that we are always both polarities, constantly gravitating toward one or the other. We can fold to anger or we can rise to compassion. We must acknowledge that to be both is to be alive. We must always make the choice.
If we should enable ourselves to walk in a non-dual awareness, when consciousness is no longer divided into subject and object; when an inexplicable but transcendent wholeness pervades, and one’s actions flow from within and from without; from the true essence of spirit, then possibly, we may attain enlightenment.
Until that time, we must recognize that we are duality; just as nature; just as it always has been.