- Symmetry or Complementary
- August 21st, 2007
Symmetry. That's what people usually call perfect; even beautiful. The circle of lights shimmering in a lake, the rhyme of lyrics, or the two halves of an apple-- all of these are symmetrical, and appear to be complete. They have always been admired for the feeling of fullness they project, and are even said to be lacking in refinement when they are treated as individual objects rather than an encapsuled element. Symmetry is a phenomenon which one can find all around oneself. The earth itself is so, its geoid shape taken into consideration. The random book on a table, the lined up planting of the garden beds, the staircase upto a classroom, even the arranged seats in a bus. People definitely prefer symmetry to disorganised systems, and thus, the perpetual examples of the former spread throughout the whole place.
I do not exactly disagree with this opinion; symmetry is very important for the feeling of comprehensiveness. But I do beg to differ that it is not symmetry that makes the world as beautiful as it is. Unknowingly, or better put, sub-consciously, people intend to choose the elements as such that they complement each other. Of course, most would not agree of even thinking about something like this, but hey, ever wondered why the gleaming lights look so pretty on the dark surface of the lake? Why are lyrics usually written with a dividing line in between two rhymed ones? Why the apples look as much delicious as they are redder on the outside and whiter on the inside? Black with white, red with green, violet with gold, orange with blue, lime with teal-- the colors say it all. As contrasting they might be from each other, they look just equally wonderful together. And this theory does not limit to colors or lines, it extends to ideas and innovations as well. For example, I was telling my cousin about my view on life and death just the other day, that life would be meaningless if there is no death. Though contradictory to each other, their existences are not self-exclusive. That's what makes living life so cool, rather that's what leads to the coinage of the phrase - ' living life '. It cannot be appreciated if there is no knowledge of an end to it. This is what I call beautiful. Beautiful in its very being, and not its solitude.
There is, of course, the reasoning that this theory will fail if there might be no symmetry. This might be true to quite an extent, as the basis for completeness will always be symmetry, rather than a complementary explanation. But this should not lead to the conclusion that the latter factor could be conveniently ignored, as that would surely result in an outcome a shade worse than it could have been. This is about all I wish to express about the under-estimated powers of complementing things. Co-existence and co-evolution, or even symbiosis, is the way we all survive. If we can identify it to some extent in our biological environment, why not apply the same concept to life? It might not be that difficult, considering the fundamentals have already been ingrained within us. We just have to broaden our visions, believe in them, and start implementing our ideas in our daily lives. Maybe one day, we might be able to understand each other, and the world around us. Maybe one day, the world again would be as beautiful as we have always envisioned it.