There is no need for me to mention again about the great wisdom hidden in works of Mawlana Rumi and the purpose is not to bore you with his thoughts either, the purpose is always the same to share his great ideas so pardon me for choosing his quotes again and again. Nobody should be deprived of this fountain of knowledge and wisdom. This is from Volume 1 of Masnavi, picked up from lines between ‘1121-1149’ .
There is a theory of opposite that is explained by Rumi , it is called ‘Things are revealed by their opposite’ and the way he explained why we do not see God is worth reading.
There isn’t light (at) night, and (so) you don’t see
colors; therefore (light) is made evident by the opposite of
(First) is the seeing of light, then the sight of color.
And you know this instantly by (awareness of) the contrary
God created pain and (yearning) sorrow for this sake:
so that happiness may occur by (means of) this opposite.
Thus, hidden things are revealed by (their) opposites.
(And) since God has no opposite, He is hidden.
How do we know that the moment we are living now is better than the moments we have lived , we do it by a simple comparison since future is uncertain the only possibility of assessment is with evidence of opposites. How do we know we are feeling sad, we know it because it doesn’t feel the same when we are happy , we can distinguish between different feelings. Imagine if there was just one feeling , could we even define then what a feeling is ? We never notice the presence of oxygen around us because we have always lived with it but the lack of oxygen is surely felt . The presence of opposites do help us to define things, feel things, see things and sometimes value them as well.
(As an entry for quotes for weekly Writer’s Quote Wednesday held on Silver Threading)