Unifying Opposites

Unifying Opposites

Issue 05

Where day is vigorous and thriving, night is slowed and sedated. But for all that it hides, the night brings revelations too.

Common thought holds that night is concealing; that the onset of dusk effaces the pulsing life of the day. And to an extent it does. With a dark blanket cloaking the city, lights flicker on along the streets, windows glow amongst the skyscrapers and silence falls. Where day is vigorous and thriving, night is slowed and sedated. But for all that it hides, the night brings revelations too. Things rise to the surface in the quiet stillness. Ideas appear and solutions arrive suddenly, answering problems we didn’t know we were contemplating. Night is meditative. Darkness is rich.

Day and night are opposites that need not be in opposition. Brilliance is forged in the tension between two poles: east and west, urban and organic, function and aesthetic. Each has its place, but as one fades into the other they’re stronger than either alone. A daydreamer straddles the conscious and unconscious. It’s when we’re adrift between those states that we’re struck by the greatest ideas – the ones that seem to blaze into existence from an airless void. We know things without knowing how. We don’t question where they came from, we’re just glad they appeared. Those are the inexplicable moments that lead to true innovation.

“Day and night are opposites that need not be in opposition.”

Dynamic ideas pull strengths from many sources and weaknesses from none. The greatest minds can draw the inherent connections that nobody else sees, conceiving something that doesn’t yet exist. They bridge opposites and smooth a paradox into unity. Where others see emptiness, they see potential. They peer into dark dreams and see light.

Written by Grady Mitchell
Photographed by Kenneth Deng

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