Good and bad co-exist, and gain definition by their contrast. For example, I think Adam and Eve gained knowledge of Good and Evil by their act of finding out what evil was through disobedience, not by anything magical in the fruit. But I am not talking about moral contrast here, I refer to experiential contrast. How can we really appreciate the mountains if we don't have valleys? How much more vibrant is a painting when there is contrast of colours?
So it is not only with our experiences, but with our sense of achievement and failure. People who live so carefully without taking risks may very rarely feel like a failure, but I daresay those same people rarely feel successful. I think people who attribute most of their life influence to external sources live in a world of little contrast between success and failure. Yet, the people who are more 'self-made' can feel an all-consuming sense of accomplishment, and yet also one of failure. In my observation, emotions tend to contrast from month to month, day to day and hour to hour. Some people cannot bear to face the agony of heart-felt defeat, so they forfiet the chance to feel a hard-earned victory by living a life of midtone. Other people cannot bare the midtones, and paint a life of bold highlights and shadows.
And which is better? Never getting hurt and hardly getting happy or having a life of emotional highs and lows? I guess I could be totally off the mark with this. Thoughts?