Friday, May 26, 2006
Physicist and philosopher David Bohm believed geniuses were able to think different thoughts because they could tolerate ambivalence between opposite or incompatible subjects.
I believe that if you can hold opposites together, then you suspend your thought and your mind moves to a new level. The suspension of thought allows an intelligence beyond thought to act and create a new form. The swirling of opposites creates the conditions for a new point of view to bubble freely from your mind. If you can imagine light as both a particle and a wave, for instance, the concept of the principle of complementarity can be seen.
Normally we consider our world in terms of black and white, right and wrong, in opposites. Until we can train ourselves to begin to see in terms of the 'nuetral' which melds the two opposites in our thinking, we will be forced to rather mundane conclusions. This is not an easy task.
By inclination and through our cultural upbringing, 'good vs. bad' has been instilled in our mental processes. It is entirely too comfortable and easy to atttain this stage of consideration.
On the other hand, to search the nuetral is discomforting and causes us to stretch our thinking until we can arrive at a true understanding. By balancing the opposites, fully accepting both as real and without acceptance OR condemnation we raise our consciousness. We step closer to genius.