High and Low make each other indistinguishable.

Kimberly had some interesting things to say about Yin and Yang.  Yin and Yang is duality.  The correct verb is, of course, “is” because it is the duality, not two things separate.  Western thought puts things in dichotomies.  Western thought is an excercise in labeling things as one or the other:  Are you right or wrong?  Is the desk orderly or disorderly?  In Immanual Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason, he assumes Reason is something that can be defined once and for all.  He goes on for pages trying to figure out the nature of Reason as if he can capture if by putting a label on it.  In the view of Yin and Yang, he would not have felt so compelled to polarize intuition and the “a priroi” as something quite apart from logical deductions and analysis.  They could have existed simultaneously and assisted one another.  College level philosophy courses would have been all the better for it, and I would have had a better grade point average.

In analyzing the world from the perspective of Yin and Yang, the world looks less defined.  The familiar symbol of Yin and Yang suggest continuous motion with one always complimenting the other.  You cannot have heaven without earth.  Heat cannot be perceived unless you already know about cold.  Light cannot be understood unless you already know about darkness.  Both are vital.  It is not important to define absolute darkness, because there is always a little companionable light along with it.

Yet, the duality that is Yin and Yang must of necessity allow for the possibility that a dichotomy can exist in the universe.  Take, for example, Louis Jordan’s postulate from 1944:  “Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby.”   I firmly believe that some people, me included, can easily live with this stark choice from which there is no moral escape.  There may be a long incremental scale of love and commitment between two people, but ultimately you either you “Is” or you “Ain’t”.

In viewing the world from the perspective of Yin and Yang, there is no longer any reason to divide humanity into the saved and the condemned.

Today, we are reminded that it is the birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach.  So we, of course, were playing Vivaldi at our services.  Oh, well.  Betty reminds us to be mindful of the different bins for trash, clean paper, compost, and misc recyclables.  We lit a candle for solving the health care crisis… particularly because we have so many friends who have recently lost their jobs and, of course in this being the United States, their access to health care.  Lest we forget, we were reminded that the war in Iraq was started 7 years ago and we have still not met the objectives for victory set out by President Bush.  Oh, wait… he didn’t set any objectives for victory.  My bad.  Betty lit a candle for the victory celebration for cancer survivors that took place this last week, and that is a victory we can all celebrate.  Little Owen was referred for many tests this week, let us hope for victory there as well.

The walls are barren because they are being prepared for painting.

Peace, Rick