At the age of 45 I decided to learn the English language. Not that I didn't know the language, but to improve my command over the language, I joined English academic classes close to my house. During school and college, I learnt the subject to get good grades, and never thought beyond the syllabus.
Now, since I began attending classes, in some of the classes, I came across different situations and challenges. In one the instructor gave us a sheet of a hundred words and told us to write the opposite of each word as homework. At home I sat with that page but though I could manage the easy words quickly, for certain words I had to take the help of the dictionary. In no time I finished all the words. Feeling relaxed and like an achiever, my new found enthusiasm forced me to explore some more words. Exploring the dictionary, for every word I found the opposite word (except all forms of nouns). The entire night went on exploring words, but the night was not enough to complete the dictionary. I had enough time to submit my homework, so the next day, after work once again I sat in through the night and started exploring opposite words from the dictionary. The exercise was easy, but suddenly something struck my mind. Instead of finding the words which have opposite words, I should look for words that do NOT have any opposite word. After going through sleepless nights that week, I could not find a single word which doesn't have an opposite word.
This amazed me and forced me to conclude that without the opposite word the original word doesn't have its real meaning or value. In other words, every word is incomplete without its opposite. The conclusion forced me think differently. Although many questions remained unanswered in my mind, the one thing I concluded was that these words are created by humans and every human possesses two qualities within himself, Positive and Negative. Similarly he created words with opposites.
So what do we derive from this? Let's pose some questions to ourselves:
Is every word incomplete without the opposite word? (Complete / Incomplete)
Does every human being have positive and negative qualities? (Positive / Negative)
Does every human have to face good and bad in life?(Good / Bad)
Does every start have an End? (Start / End)
And so on ..
This proves that whatever we welcome in our life, we will also be welcoming the opposite of it. And at the end of the day we will complain about the negative forces surrounding us, making us weak, dull, pessimistic and so on…Isn't this strange? Why do we have to have the opposite words? Are we so helpless that without the opposite words we cannot understand the true meaning or the value of any words? Can we create a word without its opposite?