If opposite poles of magnets attract each other, then why are the poles of a magnet at opposites ends of the magnet, rather than meeting in the middle and canceling out each other?
Edit: What got me thinking was this quote from "mystic philosopher" Walter Russel:
"We see the positive pole of a compass needle pointing toward the negative pole of a magnet and the negative pole of the magnet pointing toward the positive pole. This evidence is one of the bases of our conclusion. That is what our eyes see. What actually is happening is that they are voiding each other's unbalanced condition to seek balance through each other.
Opposite poles get as far away from each other as they can, until their opposition is voided by balance in their fulcrum and they cease to be.
When the positive pole of a magnet is brought into contact with the negative pole of another magnet, that effect which we think of as attraction is one of voidance. It is a cessation of opposition or power to manifest anything. Polarity utterly ceases at that point and each opposite extends to each opposite end, each getting away from the other and through the other, spirally, as far as it can.
If opposite poles attracted each other, they would be together in the middle of a magnet instead of at its ends."