Excerpts from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay “Compensation” (Part 1)

“Polarity,or action and reaction,we meet in every part of nature;in darkness and light,in heat and cold;in the ebb and flow of waters;in male and female;in the inspiration and expiration of plants and animals;in the systole and diastole of the heart;in the undulations of fluids and of sound;in the centrifugal and centripetal gravity;in electricity, galvanism, and chemical affinity.Super-induce magnetism at one end of a needle;the opposite magnetism takes place at the other end.If the south attracts,the north repels,to empty here,you must condense there.

An inevitable dualism bisects nature, so that each thing is a half, and suggests another thing to make it whole;as spirit,matter;man,woman;subjective,objective;in,out;upper,under;motion,rest;yea,nay”

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