Leonard Cohen: Different Sides Meaning
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I particularly like this song because it addresses an issue I find crucial on my spiritual journey. The key sentence, to me, is: Though it all may be one in the higher eye / Down here where we live it is two.
At the level of our physical existence in the world of life and death, love and hatred, peace and war, day and night, …, everything appears bipolar. We perceive ourselves as separated from our fellow human beings. It is fundamental to recognize: This world of opposites is not divine. In the divine realm there are no competing opposites, no enemies, nor hatred. This higher field is for real, but we cannot easily dive into it.
The different sides may refer to the attitude towards suffering. There is a "humanist" side that wants "to live where the suffering is", and alleviate it. The other side wants to "get out of town" - to a higher realm, breaking free from the world of suffering, and dive into the original unity man once was part of.
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anonymous Feb 14th, 2012 2:48pm report
It's all about the quarrel between Israel and Palestine, both in theory serving the same G_d, both divided in practice down here. They agree on the laws to obey... but they can't get together to make peace.
"You want to change the way I make love..." is about the settlers, who make love to their idea of Judea and Sumaria by occupying the places Palestinians consider home.
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