The chicken or the egg? The inhale or the exhale? The upbeat or the downbeat? It truly doesn’t matter which came first. What matters is that both exist, and need each other in order to exist to create balance.
What we don’t know, we can feel. The perfect example of this is a song like “The Oakland Stroke” by Tower of Power. Funk is synonymous with groove, and they managed to create groove by depriving the listener of a backbeat, and the fundamental comfort of knowing where the “1” is. It serves as a great philosophical lesson: to live with feeling is better than trying to understand intellectually what feel “is”. Groove, after all, is in the heart – not the head.