Life & Death!

The life in balance, emptiness & loneliness.

  Our overspecialization in conscious attention and linear thinking has led to neglect, or ignore-ance, of the basic principles being the rhythms of this process, of which the foremost is polarity. The art of life is more like navigation than warfare, for what is important is to understand the winds, the tides, the currents, the seasons, and the principles of growth and decay, so that one’s actions may use them and not fight them. Yin yang water fire; to understand that being and non-being are mutually generative and mutually supportive like life and death.   In principle this is as incomprehensible as an electric current without both positive and negative poles, in polarity it is the principle that plus and minus, north and south, are different aspects of one and the same system, and that the disappearance of either one of them would be the disappearance of the system. In the metaphors of many other cultures, light is at war with darkness, life with death, good with evil, and the positive with the negative, and thus an idealism to cultivate the former and be rid of the latter flourishes throughout much of the world resulting in never-ending war and conflict. We are told that only progress can be archived by strengthening the first and suppressing the other which is not the truth. Truth lays in the balancing. There is no last war. Linear as distinct from cyclic both from the viewpoint as seen in time and history. The whole enterprise of Western technology is sold as turning the world in a better place, into pleasure without pain, wealth without poverty, and health without sickness. There is nothing wrong with technology but also should be taken into account there immediate effect on human relationships most of which are badly understood, and the more we study its details, the more it eludes us by revealing still more details to study. As we try to comprehend and control the world it runs away from us. Instead of chafing in this situation, and the real question is why does it always retreats? Answer: yourself. The universe is part and inseparable from one’s selves/view. Idealists (in the moral sense of the word) regard the universe as different and separate from themselves that is, as a system of external objects which needs to be subjugated. Technology is destructive only in the hands of people who do not realize that they are one and the same process as the universe. Not fundamentalism, right or wrong but balance based. It is the great and imaginary terror of Western man that nothingness will be the permanent universe. We do not easily grasp the point that the void is created, and that coming from non-being as sound from silence and light from space. Life from death. There is never the ultimate possibility that either one will win over the other, for they are more like lovers wrestling than enemies fighting. Thus the yin-yang principle is that the somethings and the nothings, the ones and the offs, the solids and the spaces, as well as the wakings and the sleeping and the alternations of existing and not existing, are mutually necessary. Yang and yin are in some ways parallel to the Buddhist view of form and emptiness, of which the Heart Sutra for example says: That which is form is just that which is emptiness and that which is emptiness is just that which is form. What most would call a dualism, expressed as an explicit duality, an implicit unity instead.