Peace, one and all…
‘The desire in the female for the male
is so that they perfect each other’s work.
God put desire in man and woman
in order that the world should be preserved by this union.
God instills the desire of every part for the other:
from their union, gestation results.
And so night and day are in mutual embrace:
they appear to be opposites, even enemies,
but the truth they attend is one,
each desiring the other like kin,
for the perfection of their work.
Both serve one purpose, for without night,
human nature would receive no income:
what could the day expend?’
(Mevlana Rumi, Masnavi 3.4414-4420, trans. Shaykh Kabir Helminski)