The way (Tao) says there should be balance between opposites in all things/ in the universe.
Assuming you have acheived a perfect balance, are you not obliged, by the same principle to try to acheive a perfect balance between being (perfectly) balanced and (perfectly) imbalanced?
Is there is a state of perfect imbalance, just like there is a state of perfect balance?
That would be the state with maximum contrast between opposites.
So if the world and everything in it varies from 0 to 1 — For example, if white = 0 and black = 1 (not the otherway round, since white is “nothing taken away” and black is “everything taken away”), and a perfect balance is the “color” 0.5, then in order to acheive balance, one needs a 0.5. Then again, applying the principle of “the way”, on a meta level, there should be a perfect balance between balance (0.5) and imbalance ( 1 or 0) which gives us a 0.25 and a 0.75. So how can you be both 0.25 and 0.75 at the same time? You can’t, so you balance the two and stay at a 0.5, but then, where is the imbalance?
Or is perfect balance = perfect imbalance? , which is equal to asking, are balance and imbalance the same thing? If that is so, what is the significance of perfect balance, is that not the same as perfect imbalance?
Another way of looking at it is as follows :
Prescription for happiness, contentment and success — Balance
Since we should balance “balance” and “imbalance” perfectly, we should never be in a state of perfect balance, which means you are always somewhere on the way to being balanced, you could say you were balanced, but you really are not.
Thats the state I am in. This being the way it is, why, then, am I not happy, content or successful?
I could say I am happy, but I am not, so too for the other two goals, contentment and success, and so I have acheived the perfect balance between being happy and being unhappy, where does that leave me?
Go ahead, invert my skull.
The question remains – is one not obliged to find a balance between balance and imbalance?
Meta-questions, like, who polices the police, are bothersome.
If you find Buddha (or Lao Tzu) on the street, kill him. (No offence intended, and besides, I am just reproducing a sentence I read somewhere else.)