Thursday, September 28, 2006

Of course... of course indeed. Is it not surprising that both the Bible and the I Ching as well as the Tao Teh Ching, and I suspect all other religious books, (someday I will actually read one) start out by comparing opposites, usually starting with light versus darkness? The opposites therefore, are part of one comprehensive whole. Is there freedom or predestination? They are two sides of the same coin. And of course, in "The Empire Strikes Back," part of the "Star Wars" series, Luke asks Master Yoda if the dark side is stronger. Of course it is not, but it is more deceptive, making journeyers fall for the destructive power of the darkside. It cannot be stronger for it is only the yin side of the comprehensive whole, and as such is a mirror image of the other. A mirror image cannot be stronger or weaker, it is equal, but with left and right reversed. As such it is sometimes said, "to be a true champion, one must explore the darkness also," as did Luke in the cave, again in the movie, "The Empire Strikes Back."

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