Alan Lightman – Mr. g (2012)

by vyh

“And please tell me, how do you know whether a particular deed benefits another being? And please tell me the definition of ‘beauty.’”

“You understand these things as well as I.”

“Yes,” said Belhor. “But I understand them only because I understand their opposites. I understand evil. I understand ugliness. I maintain that good can be defined only in its contrast to evil, beauty only in its contrast to ugliness. Qualities such as these must exist in pairs. Good comes with evil. Beauty comes with ugliness, and so on. There are no absolutes in the universe, no unitary qualities. All qualities are bound to their opposites.”