Balance is the Ultimate Truth

Balance is the Ultimate Truth

Life is Like a Pendulum

Life is like a pendulum swinging to the left, and then swinging to the right, and then swinging back again to the left, and so on….. forever seeking the true balance. The world is constantly trying to balance itself both in nature and society. Countries and the people within those countries (haves and have-nots, minorities, poor, marginalized) that have had far less than the United States are hungry to work hard to achieve equivalent power, wealth, and quality-of-life.

That would seem fair if you put yourself in their shoes, but people currently holding the power and money don’t just freely give it away. You have to fight for it, so the process of balancing is rocky, mistakes are made, and the pendulum sometimes swings too far, but over time the balancing will happen and stability is achieved.

When you create something unbalanced, it eventually spins apart.

The Globalization Myth: Why Regions Matter by Shannon K O’Neil
The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth by Edward O. Wilson
Walden and Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau
Subtract: The Untapped Science of Less by Leidy Klotz

The world will always be in flux when it is out of balance. When you create something unbalanced, it eventually spins apart. Balance is the ultimate truth and state for world stability and peace, and that knowledge should drive our decisions as a global community. Over time, nationalism must recede and acquiesce to the inevitable globalization and balancing of our planet if we are to

  • stop fighting each other all the time, and
  • sustain ourselves as a species.

Reversing all the gains of globalization achieved over the last half-century will knock the world out of balance in a destructive way. Our world will be better served by a “re-globalized world order,” where countries balance the benefits of globalization while building sensible independence and resiliency in their respective healthcare, defense, energy, manufacturing, and financial services industries.

It will take capital, patience and a shared vision of a world that is peacefully in balance.

this extremeBALANCEthat extreme
Hamas attackbalanceIsraeli response
keep economy goingbalancetransition to renewable energy
citizens' rightsbalancecitizens' responsibility
individual libertybalancecommon good
strong local cultural valuesbalancewelcoming assimilation of immigrant cultures
border securitybalancehumanity
unlimited extractionsustainabilityprotecting earth's finite resources
preventing manipulationpersuasionsuppressing dissent
socio-economic systemsbalancebiophysical earth systems
american exceptionalismbalancecooperation in solidarity for common good
citizens' contract with policebalancepolice contract with citizens
nationalism and isolationismbalanceinternationalism and globalization
spend money to fight climate change (Biden)Climate Changespend money to extract and monetize climate change (Trump)
panic coronavirus proactive
ayn rand capitalism balance the common good
catastrophizing balance glass half-full
risk balance reward
freedom (of speech) democracy accountability (civility)
sustainability between a rock and a hard spot production
do unto others golden rule others do unto you
wants government needs
buy-america jobs balance lowest cost infrastructure
help the helpless balance spend within means
finite resources on earth balance growth to create jobs
free trade balance climate policy
left trying to survive balance right protecting wealth
concentration of wealth balance redistribution of wealth
United States Mutually-Assured Destruction Russia
work balance life
being insidebalancebeing outside




We are drawn to the intersections of life and nature that exist at the edges of the earth.

Big Questions

What can you do when you’re addicted to work?

Chained to the Desk in a Hybrid World: A Guide to Work-Life Balance by Bryan E. Robinson

Anymore, does slow and steady still win the race? Did it ever?

The Real Rules of Life: Balancing Life’s Terms with Your Own by Ken Druck

Should there be limits on persuasive technologies?

Why did world leaders fail to work together to prevent the spread of Covid-19?

Should our biggest problems be solved by the unelected, tax-evading, mega-wealthy 1%, or, our people-powered democracy?

Is our compulsive use of digital devices out of balance?


Big Picture

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Digital Devices

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