Originally Posted by Mags
I think the issue of free will is also relevant to this - if we already "knew it all" then the concept of polarisation and it's benefits would be moot because we would feel that we didn't really have any choice in the matter.
I know what you mean. It's kind of like saying that we have the "free will" to touch a hot stove... well, we really don't. Meaning, the INSTANT we touch the stove, we get burned and so we probably won't ever touch it. It seems like we have free will, but we have to be pretty dumb to do it since it injures us.
However, things like being mean to people, or having negative thoughts all have a much less direct implication and the consequences of them don't typically manifest immediately like touching a hot burning stove. The time delay between cause & effect and the fact that often times effect is masked due to the enormous amount of "effects" we are exposed to each day creates the illusion of "free will" as you said, which allows to CHOICE to polarize.
At a high enough level of consciousness and awareness, the choice seems to disappear as cause and effect are much more easily correlated.
If everytime we had a negative thought we got zapped with 10,000 volts of electricity and everytime we had a positive thought we were flooded with joyful bliss, it wouldn't be hard for people to "choose" the right path.