The question: what is symmetry? Can you know what it is only when you fold the painting or check the notes of a piece of music, or make up a palindrome? And does it always have to be classically symmetrical? It seems to me that symmetry is more a matter of balance than of mirror images or sounds. There is nothing wrong with calling a thing symmetrical when one side has more light and the other more dark. Above the elements in the photo show mirror image symmetry in the water and though there are more cattails on one side than the other, the whole has symmetry. In music, a repeated phrase has symmetry where an adagio – presto – adagio movement may not. We can apply this to our lives as well. A parent cannot have equal love for each child, the loves are all different – however the love is always there. One cannot complete the same repetitious task and have the outcome or output identical. It can be quite similar and that is balanced but does not end in complete symmetry. Why would we want everything to be symmetrical in the first place? Since symmetry implies perfection I believe we would either be quite bored with all aspects of life, or quite agitated and unable to concentrate. We need imperfections and lack of symmetry to create some interest. We ourselves are not wholly symmetrical; just think if our faces were – we would all be fairly anonymous, hard to identify, and wonder who we are when we look at ourselves in the mirror. Lack of perfection also creates goals to strive for. We need goals in order to find reasons to create, and to satisfy our need for achievement. I would much rather live in a world with some imbalance and work to correct it or go beyond it. Would you?