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  • Writer's pictureBahar Ansari

S2Ep7: The Cost of Extremism and How to Find Balance

Everyone wants to find balance in life. But, it can feel near impossible to achieve. In reality, two forces create balance: opposition and balance itself. On today’s episode of Lawvely, we explore some powerful real life examples of how extremism leads to imbalance. We chat about why opposition is a common theme across the globe and how it has grown into the preferred way of creating balance. A striking metaphor illustrates how to maintain balance and we talk about the cost of finding balance through opposition instead of creating it through balance. We land on the idea of creating balance through love and discuss a method of creating balance in moments of crisis. The choice is yours: will you find balance through opposition or balance through balance?

Key Points From This Episode:

  • The two motivating forces behind human behaviour: love, and laws, and creativity as a force that transcends this.

  • A metaphor to illustrate the pursuit of equilibrium in life: the man with the scales.

  • Real-life examples of how extremism results in imbalance.

  • Why either balance creates balance or opposition creates balance.

  • Opposition as a common theme and preferred way of creating balance.

  • The metaphor of acrobats to illustrate how to maintain balance.

  • The implications of finding balance through opposition versus through balance.

  • How you can create balance through love.

  • How to remember the man with the scales in moments of crisis in order to create balance.

  • Balance through balance, or balance through opposition: the choice is yours.


“Imagine you were this glass full of water that tipped from one side to the other at too narrow of an angle. Then the water would spill. Any extremism comes with a cost.” — @baharansarilaw [0:02:36] “If you expect too much work, you get no work. Why is that? Because either balance creates balance or opposition creates balance.” — @baharansarilaw [0:04:02] “Throughout history, in many aspects of life around the world, opposition has been the common theme and preferred way of creating balance; black and white, good and bad, light and dark, cold and hot, man and woman, creative and analytical.” — @baharansarilaw [0:04:09] “Balance through opposition comes through pain, with loss and with periods of instability and prolonged chaos. Balance through balance comes through a lot of hard work, understanding, communication, fairness, empathy, respect, integrity, honesty and diversity in perspectives.” — @baharansarilaw [0:05:25]

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