“Nothing gained is without sacrificing something of equal value.”
The law of conservation. It is something that I have followed for most of my life largely without knowing what it is all about. It is something that governs us all whether we tend to agree or not. Whatever we gain, we lose something else in return for it. Whatever we lose, we gain something else whether we realise it or accept it.
It is something that would make sense in this whole world gone wrong.
Or would it really?
The irony is that from a distance, the world does not revolve around this law. How can two people who both work hard for the same goal end up with one failing and one acing? How can child lose his or her life before she even has a chance to make an impact on the world. How can the good people always die and the assholes that populate the world still go on and on?
What did they truly sacrifice?
What did they truly gain?
Then again…we human beings were always born with a lack of foresight and acute perception of things. We can understand the face value of life and the individual details of one’s actions and we have long been content to live the rest of our lives based on those values and details. Maybe that’s why laws like this do not make sense.
In our own arrogance and ignorance we only see what is around us, see what circles us. The little parts of the machinery that keeps the the larger system working. It’s like trying to conclude the larger picture by only seeing a tiny fraction of the canvas.
It really doesn’t work that way.
If a law, a principle or a system is absolute then so must the area it governs…which in this case isn’t the world around us that we see…but the universe that we have yet to comprehend. Given that possibility…then equivalent trade where gains can only happen with sacrifices could work. Loosing something doesn’t mean you’re the one who will be gaining. If the universe is a connected whole…that would mean that sacrificing something could also indirectly cause someone else or something else to gain…not just for yourself.
Does that make any sense?
I hope it did.
It just sucks that we rarely have the capabilities to see it. It sucks more that we rarely have the mentality to understand it. Yet…even with our inability to comprehend all this, life still goes on and the system is still in place. That balance between sacrifice and gains has been here from the moment the universe was born and would still be here when the universe ends.
It’s about time we realised that rule.
It’s about time we made some use of it.