Those words, though wise like my own, are actually those of Dr. Thomas A. Parham. I attended a workshop on cross-cultural counselling facilitated by "Dr. P" today. Lots of useful things came from it but I want to focus specifically on the introductory quote.
I don't think the idea of good and bad or the dark side and the light side existing in and around all of us is any great revelation to you. That is not to devalue the quote in any respect. I rather like it for it's ability to make me re-frame how I consider my own life. Happy...Sad. They seem like two competing feelings (which I guess they are). At the same time, they work directly with one another. To consider trying to find "fruitful harmony" between those two disparate emotions, or any other opposites for that matter, strikes me as a good challenge. Having discussed the subject earlier this evening I'm clear that one doesn't necessarily serve as a salve for the other but maybe just conceptualizing them together rather than apart is useful. Then again, if I'm to universally apply that line of thinking to the opposites in the world I might need to think of "Dubya" with wise. Ladies and gentlemen, I may have just found the achillies heel in this line of thinking.