The 3rd Character in the Yin and Yang
Yin and Yang are opposite from each other but at the same time are interconnected. Many individuals and cultures look at yin and yang differently. Some say that it represents good and evil, light and darkness, male and female, positive and negative, etc. Yin and yang is really known as “Yin Yang” and the original color of the yin yang is white and black. The yin which is the Right side is black with a small white circle in it and the yang on the left side is white with a small black circle in it.
The white of the yang represents good, positive, light, and peace. The small black circle in the yang is just a small portion of negative, evil, darkness, and non-peace. The black of the yin represents negative, evil, darkness, and non-peace. The little white circle in the yin is just a small portion of good, positive, light, and peace. Think about it like this, the yang is good, but has a small portion of evil and the yin is evil, but has a small portion of good. Good and evil co-exist. Without good there is no evil and without evil there is no good.
I just explained the two parts of the yin yang and a lot of people know this, but what I am about to explain involving the yin yang a lot of people don’t know. There is the left side known as the yang which represents light and there is the right side known as the yin which represents darkness, but then there is the unknown side or should I say the middle which represents dark/light. In order for the yin and the yang not to flow into one another, it needs to be blocked from one another and surrounded. Think about the middle and outer layer of the yin yang as a wall. In order for the yin and the yang to stay in their respective places there has to be authority in place to keep order. The yin does not fear the yang just like the yang does not fear the yin. This means good does not fear evil and evil does not fear good. In the real world, good does fear evil in a way because evil shows no mercy and it’s ruthless. Evil does not fear good because good shows mercy. Both good and evil can go so far at what they do. As for dark/light, it represents good, but uses darkness. It can make evil fear it and make good embrace it in a way that’s not acceptable by good.
Yin and Yang with more examples
Before reading on, what do you think dark/light is?
Dark/Light of the yinyang
Dark/light can be found hiding in the shadows; it is the invisible force guarding the outer layers of the yin and the yang. Yin and yang are a major influence in the world of martial arts and any part of society. Just like the rest of the world, the martial arts have both positivity and negativity. The yin in the martial arts which is also known as the martial art poisons are cockiness, arrogance, greed, power, politics, religion, and anything else that represents the yin. The Yang part of martial arts is represented by peace, respect, honor, loyalty, fairness; caring, justice, etc. sadly, the world of martial arts is overrun by the yin. The yin can be seen in tournaments, wealthy and famous dojos, small dojos, and some martial art organizations. No matter how big or small the martial arts school, no matter how famous it is; it will either have the yin or the yang working it.
Dark/light can be found in some individuals. Cockiness and arrogance is a poison in the martial arts, but depending on the instructor or student, this poison can be used for something positive such as a motivation of some type. Instead of showing the arrogance and cockiness of the personality in front of other people, just keep it to yourself and only use it as a positive motivator for yourself and for others. Dancing around in front of everyone and saying that I am the best is not a positive motivator. Because most tournaments are corrupt, some schools have their own in school tournament which does not allow outsiders to compete in. One instructor I spoke with in the past told me that most of the tournaments he took his students was ran by martial artists who showed disrespect and favoritism toward certain individuals. For a few years he did not allow his students to compete, but after his students came up with the idea of holding an in school tournament, he decided that the school would have an in school tournament every season.
Today's World with Dark/Light
In a survival situation, the yin and yang is a great tool to use in order to survive. You would mostly be using the dark/light due to the situation you are in. being to positive or to negative will put you in worse danger, that is why balancing it out is the way to go. Just like in the martial arts and the world, sometimes you have to make a sacrifice whether it’s a positive or negative sacrifice. Doing something you are not proud of can put a nail in your heart, in the short run its wrong but in the long run its right and that is a form of dark/light. Here is an example, stealing food to survive. Is it wrong to steal? Yes it is, but if you steal what you truly need such as food, cloths (cloths for survival conditions), and material in order to survive then it’s not really wrong. It’s all a part of the yin and the yang. If you use too much of the yin then you are doing too much damage to what is around you such as hurting others whether they are good or bad, hurting the environment, etc.. If you use too much of the yang then you are doing too much damage to yourself and to those you care for. Helping everyone you come across can take from you and those you trust and care for. Using the dark/light, you can benefit both yourself and those you truly care for. With dark/light, you will take what you need and what you want that won’t have a negative impact on those who are not a threat to you and using it to benefit yourself and those with you.
In today’s world, even in a survival situation, humans are known to take advantage of the weak, the suffering, and those who are caring in order to get what they want in order to survive. This is also seen in today’s martial arts, businesses, and home life. Dojos compete against each other for fame and business. Each dojo will act like they are friends toward one another, but in truth they want to put their competitor out of business, win over that dojo’s students, make more money and create champions. This is also survival, but a different type of survival and it falls within the yin. You see a lot of this in other parts of society such as internal and external work competition. Internal team work and competition is a problem in the work place and has to do with the yin and yang instead of dark/light. The reason being is because it is hard to work as a team when you are competing against your team mates. The problems that you can face when competing against those you work with are extensive and some have to do with trust, information, and reliability. What I’m saying is that yin and yang don’t work well together and if yin and yang are present then dark/light is not present.
Just like the yin and the yang, martial arts have a lot to do with anything and everything in the world. As a matter of fact some individuals believe that the yin and the yang is the key to everything just like in martial arts. When you use both the martial arts and the Yin and the Yang together it becomes a much powerful use whether it’s the yin, yang, or the dark/light.
A true martial artist would use the yang or dark/light just a good human being who goes out of their way to help others. If a martial artist were to use dark/light it would have to be for positive gain. Anybody who brings politics, corruption, arrogance, etc. in to the work place is using the Yin and we tend to find those types of individuals everywhere we go. There are a very few people out there who use the yang or even dark/light for good. I myself have had run-ins with individuals in the martial arts and other parts of society who live by the yin and some by the yang. I am thankful that I know a few who represent the yang. To truly live by the yang or dark/light you must have responsibilities and have discipline. Those who live by the yin have no discipline. The yin and the yang flow through our veins, it lives in our heart, it is a thinking power within our brains, and no matter what we do or where we are; it will be right there with us and we will see it day and night. Yin = Hell, Yang = Heaven, and Dark/Light = Earth.
The Star Wars sequel trilogy picks up nicely on dark/light as Luke Skywalker does not really follow the ways of the Jedi anymore and just follows his own path that features both dark and light which he balances it out. He becomes what is known as a Grey Jedi.
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