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Do you beleive that "negative" is needed in life?

I beleive in a higher power (but do not beleive that humans have the ability or knowledge to know much about this power) but I do not have a religion- I observe life and nature, take what I see, and apply it to my life:
I beleive in a balance of forces and energy- both positive (life, order, light, etc) and negative (death, chaos, darkness, etc). I beleive that one cannot exist with the other in a (realistic) world, and that both are in everyone and all aspects of nature.
These do not represent “evil” or “good”. Though those words seem to be good for explaining somethings, they seem to be a human-made concept.
I also beleive that using, or at least embracing, both energies in one’s daily life is beneficial. I beleive that condemning or pushing away one side is pushing away apart of one’s self. For me, embracing myself and improving myself is one of the most important things in life. To ignore or condemn one side of life seems like the wrong thing to do.
However, it seems like a lot of people (religious or not) beleive that the “negative” aspects of life are not needed, or are what they consider “evil”. Or, they only focus on the positive.
Do you beleive in this balance? Or, do you beleive focusing on negative energies (to any extent) has no benefit?
What about this concept makes you beleive the way you do?
p1sheila- Yikes! I did spell “believe” wrong! I apologize for that.
But I find it a bit funny that you took the time to look at my post, find what was wrong, see how many times I made the mistake, and you didn’t even answer my fairly simple question!


  1. I hate grasping concepts like these because they swing me back and forth and what your asking, it’s hard to give you a ‘right’ or the ‘absolute’ answer. We really need to know more about negetative and positive balances, physically. You just need more evidence to back up your theory. But, ow, this hurts my brain.

  2. There is a verse in The Book of Mormon that discusses the need for opposition:
    “For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things. If not so, my first-born in the wilderness, righteousness could not be brought to pass, neither wickedness, neither holiness nor misery, neither good nor bad. Wherefore, all things must needs be a compound in one; wherefore, if it should be one body it must needs remain as dead, having no life neither death, nor corruption nor incorruption, happiness nor misery, neither sense nor insensibility. ”

  3. Without negativity you could not appreciate the good times. Sometimes I kind of feel bad for people who walk around with a smile all the time thinking everything is great all the time. Sounds weird, but it’s how I feel.

  4. Yes, I believe so.
    If everything was positive, all the time, you would not notice. Having negatives just shows how great the positive actually is.
    You need both to understand them.

  5. I don’t know if I believe there is a balance and I am not 100% about a higher power, but I know that without negative then positive wouldn’t be positive, it would be same.Although I could use a little less negative in my life, I wouldn’t want to take the good for granted.


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