Spring reminds us of the limits of binary thinking—only two choices with
nothing in between—because spring is anything but binary.
Spring explodes with abundance, filling in every space with new green.
A tree doesn’t grow one or two leaves; instead it overdoses on leaves.
We don’t just see one flower blooming; we are presented with a wild array
of flowers of every color, height, texture, and fragrance.
Let spring be our model for getting out of and living beyond binary thinking.
As we write in COLOR Up, “While our world seems to be ‘a massive collection
Of opposites,’ in fact, nature knows nothing of black and white. Nature
doesn’t grow moral elephants and immoral ones, true trees and false trees,
correct flowers and incorrect ones. And the opposites that exist in nature—big
and small, ripe and unripe, animate and inanimate—aren’t problems. Neither
state is good as opposed to bad or right as opposed to wrong.
These differences in nature don’t cause bouts of depression and despair,
promote feats of self-righteousness and self-aggrandizement, or breed conflict
and competition. But for humans, it’s different. Almost all the time, we make
daily decisions based on the construction of imagined opposites, and we agonize
about them constantly.” It doesn't have to be this way. As nature let's us know,
the binary is a construction and abundance surrounds our vibrant lives!