Polarity is such a word. It sums up what Emer son says in his Essay on Compensation: Polarity, or action and reaction, we meet in every part of Nature; in darkness and light; in the ebb and ﬂow of waters; in male and female; in the inspiration and expiration of plants and animals in the undulations of ﬂuids and of sound; in the centripetal and centrifugal gravity; in electricity, galvanism, and chemical affinity. Super induce Magnetism at one end of a needle, the opposite Magnetism takes place at the other end. If the South attracts, the North repels. An inevitable dualism besets nature, so that each thing is a half, and suggests another to make it whole: as spirit, matter man, woman; odd, even; subjective, objective; in, out; upper, under; motion, rest; yea, nay.
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