Personal Development: Ying & Yang

We value the good and shun the bad. We appreciate the ups but despise the downs. Everyone wants to be high, no one wants to be low. Black is soiled and white is pure. They are evil but we our righteous.

What we fail to realize is that life is made up of these contrary forces. We see them as conflicting when they are actually complementary. We're so quick to bucket things into "right or wrong" that we miss a profound point that's evident in nature: the interdepency (and necessity) of the forces that cause tension in our lives.

Our moral codes can blind us to this reality if we aren't careful. We create stories to make sense of what eludes us but it's important to be cognizant of the fact that we categorize simply because we don't understand how or why: 

 

Being and non-being  create each other,

 Difficult and easy complete each other,

Long and short contrast each other,

High and low lean on each other,

Tone and voice harmonize each other,

Before and after follow each other.

— Tao Te Ching

 

Excerpt from Tao Te Ching which can be translated as "The Book of the Way of Virtue" via Project Gutenberg. Image titled "Floating Enigma" by Satsuki