February 8, 2009

"Balance is Best"

That was a contention out of my old negative case. But, upon further pondering, I don't think it's true.

I've thinking about how so many extremes exist:
Relaxed v. Stressed.
Popularist v. Anti-popularist.
Passive v. Aggressive. (From Grace's class on speaking styles at MASTERS.)
Deep v. Shallow. (Here is the answer I proposed when I blogged about it earlier.)

Often, we seek for a balance between the two. We do sometimes manage to become reasonably balanced, but as long as we're slaves to sin, stuck in the muddy waters of self-focus, we can't get rid of the combined shortcomings of each attitude.

God's way is on an entirely different dimension. With Him, the focus changes from our self, to God, and consequently, to others. See the illustration below.



I've heard that we need a balance between self-indulgence and self-neglect. We can't get depressed and put ourselves down, but neither can we let our pride prop ourselves up. Yet if both of these are self-focused, how is balancing them going to solve anything? There are so many other examples of searching for balance between two flawed extremes. Balance so often proves useless.

Wisdom necessitates that we completely change our mindset.

We, like little fish, swimming in the muddy river, somehow need to sprout wings and fly. It's as impossible as converting a drawing of a person into a three-dimensional human being. But when the Artist breathes life into us, the copy becomes real. The dead becomes alive. The children of men become children of God.

Balance simply can't hold a candle to that.

2 comments:

Art said...

This post is not meant as a sneer against the idea of balance. I don't think this analysis applies to every situation. It's just something I've been thinking about over the past couple of days. =)

Daughter of the King said...

Wow. This is amazingly true. Thanks.