In this world of duality, we tend to see things as black or white, dark or light, wrong or right, bad or good. And we have a habit of getting attached to seeing situations turn out a certain way, usually with ‘white winning’ (meaning we desire the ‘good’ outcome, the positive result).
But this is the problem with attachment (pay attention — this is important!): when we are attached to achieving a certain outcome, we’ll be unhappy at least half the time because life is all about the complete experience. In short, “white can’t beat black, light can’t beat dark. Why? Because they must flow one into the other. Life flows into death. On becomes off.” (Bill Harris)
In the play of life, they appear as so-called opposites; as if they are two distinct, separate things. When the truth is it’s just an illusion, designed for this play, so that we can have this human experience. One pole can’t win out over the other pole.
And when we recognize that it’s all an illusion, a game, a play, then we can understand that these so-called opposites are really aspects of the same thing. You can’t have light without having dark — so by the very definition, light can’t ‘beat’ dark. It would be like your left hand beating your right hand!
And guess what happens when we let go of our need for things to turn out a certain way (i.e. for ‘good’ to triumph)? The answer is: when we truly get that ‘white can’t win’, we know peace.