One of my fascinations has been “what is right” as we’ve waxed together here in the past on the topic and I’m working on a follow up too. However today figured since the holiday season is here it’s worth sharing a quote from Dickens “A Tale of Two Cities” which supports this concept by saying:
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”
As here Charles points out those things can be both the best and worst at the same time as well as one of “it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness” which to me is profound. As to me Dickens is saying in fact “everything is everything”. Therefore to say something is foolish is also to say it possesses some form of “wisdom” and therefore is “neither” as well as “both”. As here he claims that all of these are simply represented in “superlative degree of comparison only” as each existed within each other with a special duality. Wow, hope you’re not reading this before your first cup of coffee (or other caffeinated beverage).
Additionally its, worth noting that Dickens also tells us that “we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way” as man and person is both good and evil as evil can be good and good intentions can be evil. In short Dickens shows us that our existence should not or maybe cannot be defined in black and white terms, yet instead must be colored in unlimited shades of gray as one man’s meat is another man’s poison…