The Strategic Balance of Opposites

The Strategic Balance of Opposites

Reading different posts may send the mind in directions that it never considered. This happened to me lately and new insights emerged, which I am happily sharing.

Emilia M. Ludovino wrote a moving post from which I quote "Sadness gives depth. Happiness gives height. Sadness gives roots. Happiness gives branches. Happiness is like a tree going into the sky, and sadness is like the roots going down into the womb of the earth. Both are needed, and the higher a tree goes, the deeper it goes, simultaneously. The bigger the tree, the bigger will be its roots. In fact, it is always in proportion. That's its balance".

Hours later I was taken by a publication on the push-pull strategy for controlling pests in Nigeria. This strategy is brilliant in that it led to much improved crops due to pest-controlling. The sadness of roots that Emilia referred to is expressed here differently. A parasitic plant attaches itself to cereal crops such as maize and drains them of water and nutrients. The sad roots lose their ability to function and they either die or weaken and the result is huge losses in crops yield. Still more saddening for the original roots are that the parasitic plant produces huge number of seeds, this may stay alive for long periods of time.

Sadness gives depth and it is this depth that led to the development of the push-pull strategy. In simple terms, this strategy depends on pushing out the pest to where? To a pulling resource that is willing to host the pests for a reason. The idea is to not plant maize alone, but in rows another short plant that repels the pests and pushes them out. On the periphery of the field we have another plant that acts cunningly as a trap. This plant releases a chemical that pulls the plant with its volatile smell. The pests rush to the plant only to find that it releases a sticky substance. Because the sad roots are happy now, the maize grows healthily and gives generous yield.

We have many parasitic habits, parasitic employees who deprives others from growing and parasitic ideas that kill the roots of good ideas and prevent them from growing. Not only have that as those parasites leaved thousand of seeds to stop the growth of many great ideas. Negative thinking is a clear example where it leaves behind seeds that stop the growth of many positive ideas.

The Strategic Balance of Opposites

The push-pull strategy of combating pests may be extensible to the combat of pests-like ideas not only by pushing them out, but also by trapping them so that they find no shelter. Grow the crops (ideas) that are desirable and in between them have some ideas or people who are repellent to the parasitic ideas. These ideas shouldn't travel freely and have a honey smell waiting for them outside the organization. They shall fell in the honey barrel to find it a bitter one.

We need both opposite ideas that push out negative people and ideas that pull the pushed out people into the bitter sweetness of their actions. It is the strategic balance of opposites that count.

Β The rule- strategize so that you balance two opposites with two other opposites.



Special thanks are due toΒ Rob McNaughtonΒ andΒ Peter Brodie who both drew my attention to the push-pull strategy.



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Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#40
Lovely response and the young generation are becoming the experts in technology. I truly enjoyed your comment Louise Smith. We orbit a problem with revolving questions- it is even getting harder to know the question is

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#41
Magnet versus magnificence- brilliant CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

5 years ago #27

#32
This is my point, we turn the Tree of Knowledge into a magnet which is mechanical when we need to transform the Tree of Life into magnificence which is organic.

Louise Smith

Louise Smith

5 years ago #26

#34
Absolutely Ali Anani ! My job is about raising questions to explore perceptions ! Myself I come unstuck many times when I have to find something in a HELP Menu for my mobile phone. I know what I want to find out but I don't know what it is called ! So I have to brainstorm and search around hoping I can find something similar to lead me to what I really need. I don't always succeed and have to wait till I can ask an expert. Often a person under 20 years old!

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#37
Thank you Rick Delmonico

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#36
With all honesty you even disclosed another point in my next post Sara Jacobovici. Yes, breathing period is one way of doing it. You are spot on.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

5 years ago #23

I am torn between the push and pull of being lifted up by your ideas and falling in exhaustion Ali Anani. This leads me to connect with a past Buzz of yours. We are meant to stop and take a breath in this process; allowing the oxygen to refresh our abilities to achieve the balance you mention in your concluding rule. I say stop and not stuck because there is still movement in the act of stopping. It is the place of stuck that weakens and makes us more vulnerable to the parasitic attachments.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#32
Sara Jacobovici- this comment is in fact part of the post I am planning to publish later today- to know or not to know is one example of polarity I am going to discuss. Thank you for unknowingly revealing part of my intentions and making them like a "Public-known secret". You are a mind reader, Sara, but there are other closed points in the post.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#33
But who knows in one area might be quite ignorant in other areas, Louise Louise Smith. Sometimes we don't know that we don't know. Do you agree?

Louise Smith

Louise Smith

5 years ago #20

#5
Yes CityVP Manjit I agree Wisdom is scarce. People don't seem to want to learn by watching someone who knows.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

5 years ago #19

#5
As an integrator, I need to speak up CityVP Manjit. We place polarities, or choose to move towards a polarity based on that polarity's properties and what we need at that time or where we our in our journey. Yet the space in between that holds the energy/flow/currents that contains the blending of the two is also a choice of where to place ourselves; what to experience and learn. And movement is the key. We may "rest" in one area and then "shift" or explore; it only becomes problematic when we get "stuck". From my perspective neither polarity will enable the changes we need to thrive; only their blend has the potential for that.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

5 years ago #18

#5
As an integrator, I need to speak up; we place polarities, or choose to move towards a polarity based on that polarity's properties and what we need at that time or where we our in our journey. Yet the space in between that holds the energy/flow/currents that contains the blending of the two is also a choice of where to place ourselves; what to experience and learn. And movement is the key. We may "rest" in one area and then "shift" or explore; it only becomes problematic when we get "stuck". From my perspective neither polarity will enable the changes we need to thrive; only their blend has the potential for that.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#26
Not to miss the honey I joined Honey Hive

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#25
I forgot to thank you for your sharing of the post dear Lisa Lee

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#26
In reality you are a co-author of this post

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#25
Hopefully one day we share a cup of coffee Lisa Lee. Thank you for your appreciation and supportive words.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#23
Yes, I agree with you William William King. Insects attack sick trees for they are easy victims. This is a scientific fact

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#21
Javier C\u00e1mara Rica. The extension of the idea to push out of LI to pull in to beBee is in fact areal example. The pests were the very many introduced restrictions by LI that pushed many of us out and the fragrance of experiences of friends who had joined beBee before us pulled us in and we got stuck positively by the genuine attention of Javier and the beBee Team. By the way I had just started reading your buzz to your daddy when I received the notification of your very naughty comment.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#19
What can I say dear ? I am diving in a sea of honey and my mouth is so sweetened that it is too busy swallowing the honey of your kind words.

Mohammed Abdul Jawad

Mohammed Abdul Jawad

5 years ago #10

Aha...Ali Anani you pen down your articles as if condensing liquids into concentrates. ..sometimes you sound like a mystic with exposure of spiritual glee, sometimes too engrossed as if detailing out abstract themes and then you take extreme delight in hatching peculiar philosophies while reciprocating to each and every comment in a lucid manner. Simply, you're the philosopher with diverse discourses and fervent followers and keep spelling charm on others.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#14
Only good readers make an author motivated to try to write good posts dear Amroussi Mohamed

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#13
there is no truth if untruth doesn't t exist- I love this quote from your lovely comment Amroussi Mohamed. In fact, brilliant comment

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#12
Agree my friend Anees Zaidi, but what balances opposite forces is another opposite force. This is my main conclusion. The plant parasite opposite was met by the push-pull opposite. Surrounding us with good people and good ideas are great, but will they keep parasites away. In fact, you mention a great fact by stating "These companion ideas will serve as beneficial weeds that would fertilise the soil, stabilize moisture", and the push-pull has proven this fact. The plant that pushes the pests away also serve as soil nourishing. So it plays double role: repelling the post and enriching the soil.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#9
Now my dear we have a real opposite as I am the one who is grateful because your buzz was the main inspiration. I thank you heartedly for your appreciation and lovely comment.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#6
I understand your deep idea and I am percolating it debasish majumder. Thank you my friend

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#5
"The tree of life carries our genetic code, our origins and our future, it is the evolution we evolve - and the further we stand back from the tree of life the bigger it becomes, until it is so big that all we can see is wisdom.". Your wisdom tree is so big that that we see it from the distance CityVP Manjit. I am checking the links first so that I may respond to your other "tempting thoughts".

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

5 years ago #3

It is smart to siphon or channel away the negative energy and when the human mind is vital and alive these answers are more readily available, but if the human mind is consumed or consuming then we are not able to sufficiently remove ourselves or achieve that distance where we can see the problem or situation anew. I just finished listening to the lifestory of Kafka here https://www.bebee.com/content/617972/598777 and yet the literature he produces while his entire life is one massive end-to-end state of misery, pain and sacrifice, becomes the value people are drawn to. When we are so close to the tree what we I think we are seeing is always the tree of knowledge, that tree of good and evil and so we see the branches of good reach out into the sky and the roots of evil dig into the ground - or at least the good here represents happiness and the evil represents sadness - but always some form of polarity. When we are too close to the tree the expression becomes that we cannot see the forest for the trees. So we see the worst before it is the worst https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRLJscAlk1M yet this video views the root as us and the branches as the symbol of power - still another polarity Now I don't care too much about the tree of knowledge because knowledge is not a scarcity today, it is an abundance and still we see polarities only because we are too close to the things we want to convert from ideas into knowledge and knowledge into things. This conversion is not the tree of life - do we know what is. The tree of life carries our genetic code, our origins and our future, it is the evolution we evolve - and the further we stand back from the tree of life the bigger it becomes, until it is so big that all we can see is wisdom. Wisdom is our scarcity today, not knowledge. If wisdom is the scarcity, why are standing so close?

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#3
You truly add a philosophical dimension to the buzz and refer to saddening facts about sad roots. I love your contribution and it started brewing in my mind. Something is bound to happen. Thank you

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#1
I appreciate your comment with thanks Gerald Mravik

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