Originally Posted by tomn8er
Okay, I agree with you that in most of Steve's other articles, he does seem to stress that being love-polarized is superior. But in these articles on Polarity, he basically contradicts himself. Here is an exact quote in his original polarity article: "But as far as the universe is concerned, these polarities are equally acceptable. To say that one is better than the other is to say that breathing in is better than breathing out."
Okay, I don't buy that. Not based on his descriptions of the two polarities at least. In fact, I don't think Steve quite understood what he meant when he said that. He tries to rectify this slip-up in the follow-up article: "In the previous article, when I explained the polarities of inflow and outflow, I failed to do them justice. As I scanned the feedback (via email and forums), it was clear that many people thought I was describing two sides of the same coin, like yin and yang."
Ok, so what he's saying here in these two excerpts isn't a complete contradiction. But he then goes on to describe the inflow as fear and the outflow as love. He might as well say: inflow is evil and outflow is good. Here, he basically does: "If you use the polarity of creation and giving (outflow), you will experience a surge of related emotions such as love, joy, and inspiration.
If you use the polarity of acquisition and receiving (inflow), you will experience a surge of related emotions such as greed, lust, and power."
Seems to me that the related emotions of fear are inherently more destructive than those of love. While both sets of emotions can be powerful motivators, they cannot be said to be "equally acceptable."
Steve, what are you talking about??
What constitutes "acceptable" to you? What is wrong with greed lust or power? What is wrong with love joy or inspiration? Who decides? Our society? Our currently held beliefs as a society are constantly changing and are not the same ones (I'm sure) as previous civilizations...
You said that each "side" can be powerful motivators... leave it at that. Follow which side resonates with you and you alone. Applying what you consider (or society considers) "good" and "evil" to the sides is simply your perspective at that time.
Steve is using analogies and terms which have meaning to his readers at this time. Calling something "greed" and conferring a negative aspect to it does not make it so for everyone. What is the negativity based on? Who's beliefs? If yours... then fine, it is good for you. BUT it may not be viewed the same way from another's point of view.
Steve is simply laying down, as he sees it, the various forces that are available to us. Use what you will, but be mindful that some contradict and negate the others, however they're labelled.
Thats my opinion anyway