From the humblest sub-atomic particle

To the entirety of the Universe itself

A remorseless struggle of opposites

Creating unity by infinite stealth.

Centripetal and centrifugal forces

Struggling through the eons of time

Stability just a momentary illusion

Perfection just an illusionary crime.

The attraction and repulsion of opposites

In both the physical and philosophical world

Creating an awful yet awesome predicament

A universe of opposites unfurled.

Quantitative and qualitative changes

interacting and intermingling like twine

As relentless as the heartbeat of any living creature

As beautiful as a well-constructed rhyme

Itís the clash between the positive and the negative

Itís the clash between the familiar and the strange

Itís the clash between appearance and essence

Itís the clash between permanency and change.

Itís the struggle between the individual and the tribe

Itís the struggle between how to live and how to die

Itís the struggle between competition and cooperation

Itís the struggle between the answer and the question why.

Itís the contradiction between empathy and not caring

Itís the contradiction between altruism and self

Itís the contradiction between charity and egoism

Itís the contradiction between communal and private wealth.

We are caught in the never-ending battle of gender

And we are caught between the old and the new

Fight or flight is an ongoing dilemma

As is the battle between the false and the true.

Itís the struggle between the individual and the collective

Itís the war between relative truths

Trapped between the subjective and the objective

Winning and losing is but an ephemeral ruse.

Change is the only kind of permanency

In a cosmos where chaos always rules

Seeking purpose in a purposeless universe

Is the business of the most intelligent of fools.

The dialectic is a humourless master

Itís as uncaring as a cold lump of clay

Its domain is omnipotent and omniscient

It controls even the transition of night over day.

The dialectic permeates every single molecule

It presides over every single thought

It resides over the conscious and subconscious

It underlines all that is taught.

Contradictions are the pervasive condition

Between individualsand social classes

Unravelling of these contradictions is essential

To discard those rose tinted glasses.

But if Iíve given the impression of a fatalism

Where things are determined from above and beyond

Then I must correct that impression immediately

Because human consciousness can increasingly respond

To the reality of an unfolding universe

Whoís laws are just beginning to emerge

Where a grasp of the dialectic is essential

If the disparate trends are ever to converge

Into a tapestry of mindboggling beauty

Where we humans are both actor and prop

Itís a picture of an infinitely complex universe

Where the dialectic refuses to stop.

So if youíre ever asked just what it is that you believe in

If youíre asked what is your most basic of creeds

Then be sure to eschew dogmatic formulae

Dialectical thinking should satisfy all your needs.

For it will unravel the mysteries of the universe

It will illuminate the most unfathomable place

Dialectics is the natural interface of all phenomena

The greatest discovery of the entire human race.

End JPK Copyright 14/3/15

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