My husband and I have been in an epic philosophical battle for the past year over a particular subject. The subject is something I hold to a high standard and is one of my core beliefs. The individual is superior to the Collective. It started off as discussing the Common Good, Greater Good, and the like. But as time went on, we understood that it came down to an old philosophical argument: Which is Superior (for the betterment of humankind) Individualism or Collectivism?
What does this have to do with Yin and Yang being Superior.? Yin and Yang represent the positive and negative of life. It can also be seen as a difference in thought and ideals. All too often we want someone to be on our side, we hang out with people that think and believe just like we do, thus we find ourselves in a rut. (Side note, this is why I am so strong in my belief of freedom of speech, without debate, we cannot grow)
Well...We could grow...We could learn...It's just harder when we get in that rut, thus making Yin and Yang a Superior way of life, listening, seeing, and attempting to understand both the dark and light.
Here is an example of Yin and Yin, vs. Yin and Yang (You could also say Yang and Yang vs. Yin and Yang). Let's say Jan and Ron are married and they happened to belong to a cult. They are so use to this cult, and all their friends like this cult, that it isn't until Jim Jones tells them to drink the Kool-aid that Ron starts to question whether or not they should be in the cult.
Take that example again. Ron is not in a cult, let's make it even better and say that Ron is an atheist (the extreme left and right). Let's keep Jan as a member of a cult. Let's say they date for 5 months and are so engrossed in each other that they don't even think to talk about religion until it is too late: They are in Love. This first conversation might end in a bad way, Jan cries, Ron is upset, but they come back, because they are in love. They start talking, each one wants to understand the other, so they begin studying, and before you know it, both know more about each others ideals. Now of course it could end the same way, Jan drinking the Kool-aid, but I think the chances are low.
This is NOT about religion, or atheism or any of that. It is about 2 different ideologies coming together to help each person grow and learn, because either way, both know more about the world and can see different people's perspectives a bit more. This is basically what is happening with Steve and I, we keep learning more in hopes, I think, of swaying the others stubborn mind. (YEAH FOR STUBBORN PEOPLE!)
Anyway, I hope this tiny little example helps you be open to listening to other people outside your box. We live in an extreme world, and in the very least, listening to the other person gives you more knowledge, and as we know...Knowledge is power, it can protect us in a dire situations. Simple example: Being stuck out in the woods in the middle of the night with no fire in freezing temperatures...you learned, in the past, how to build a fire without a match...you start a fire, with this knowledge, you live another day. (Also, I am sharing a video on Collectivism vs. Individualism, for those who might not be aware of this Epic Philosophical Showdown) Thanks for joining me. If you liked this Article, Please Share it. :) *E
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