The Law of Polarity states that everything has a polar opposite.
In physics, polarity is a basic feature of the universe. Positive and negative forces are foundational to the structure of every atom.
If everything has a polar opposite, then perhaps…
- a problem cannot exist without a solution
- an opinion cannot exist without an opposing opinion
Maybe the struggle we have lies in our failure to contemplate a solution or consider an opposing opinion.
As an example, Peter and Mary work as sales reps at an event company that just implemented a new policywhereby customers will not be charged for cancellations.
Peter is frustrated by the policy. He orders lunches and copies based on reservations. Why should he have to pay for no-shows? And how could he possibly manage his sales with such uncertainty? This policy makes it super easy for people to cancel. Mary has the polar opposite perspective and approach.
Mary is enthusiastic about the policy because of its ability to attract customers. In every sales conversation, she excitedly shares the benefit of working with her company: people can register now to save their seat and cancel any time. This policy makes it super easy for people to commit. Mary’s sales have gone up, while Peter’s have gone down.
Same policy. Opposing perspectives.
- What if every problem we face actually has a solution that we just haven’t yet identified?
- What if every argument has an opposing viewpoint that we just need to consider?
- What if every negative experience has a positive experience that we just need to discover?
Of course, all of this requires that we suspend our judgment about a policy, situation, or person in favor of contemplation, consideration, and compassion.
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