We Are Obsessed with Balance

We are obsessed with balance.

Culturally…

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Occupationally…

You can even hire a “work-life balance coach” to help you find something that does’t exist. Via google.com

Personally…

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This obsessive, relentless search for “balance” is contrary to the state of nature as scientific observation indicates our bodies, life as we know it, the planet we live on and the universe itself are not and never have been in “balance.”

Let’s start with our hands

Handedness is the preference for using your right or left hand. Via i.livescience.com

Even our eyes

Ocular dominance is the tendency to prefer visual input from one eye to the other.[ Via i.imgur.com

Our goddamn DNA

DNA is asymmetrical. If DNA was symmetrical, it couldn’t unzip and recombine like it does meaning none of us would ever be conceived or born. Via rack.2.mshcdn.com

All of life as we know it

All life on earth, from dinosaurs to humans, amoebas to redwoods is made of left-handed molecules. This is called the “chirality of life” from the Greek word χειρ (kheir) meaning “hand.” There may well be right-handed life out there, but we have yet to find it Via upload.wikimedia.org

The planet we all live on

It may seem round when viewed from space, but our planet is actually a bumpy spheroid. It has an uneven density and composition. Via wordpress.com

The orbit and revolution of aforementioned planet

The path of the rock we call home is the epitome of imbalance.

The entire Universe

The big bang should have created equal amounts of matter and antimatter in the early universe. But today, everything we see from the smallest life forms on Earth to the largest stellar objects is made almost entirely of matter. There is not much antimatter to be found. Something must have happened to tip the balance.

One of the greatest challenges in physics is to figure out what happened to the antimatter, or why we see matter/antimatter asymmetry.

If matter and antimatter are created and destroyed together, it seems the universe should contain nothing but leftover energy. Nevertheless, a tiny portion of matter – about one particle per billion – managed to survive.

There is a word for that – imbalance. Via spaceinfo.com.au

“Balance” is basically a unicorn.

Unicorns, as awesome as they are, sadly do not exist.

“Balance” is a comforting idea in some respects, but like unicorns, it doesn’t exist. Via a.tgcdn.net

How much time and energy do we waste looking for “balance?”

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What if we just accepted and embraced imbalance?

With all the beautiful, liberating imperfection that flows from it? Via data1.whicdn.com

Being the unbalanced, imperfect person you already are…

…and knowing and celebrating that as our human nature. Via choosingraw.com

Asking for help…

…without being ashamed, awkward or weird because receiving help allows another person to be of service and from that draw strength. Via b.vimeocdn.com

Because Helen Keller said it best…

You know she’s right. Via biography.com

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/ricks15/balance-is-bullsht-4cvv

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