YIN AND YANG - The Ancient Chinese regarded "yin" and "yang" as the two basic forces which underlied the entire Universe. According to the Yellow Emperor's Classic of Medicine , supposed to have been written during the third millennium BCE by the mythical Yellow Emperor: "Heaven was created by the concentration of Yang, the force of light, earth was created by the concentration of Yin, the forces of darkness. Yang stands for peace and serenity; Yin stands for confusion and turmoil. Yang stands for destruction; Yin stands for conservation. Yang brings about disintegration; Yin gives shape to things. ..." The polarity of the Universe is perfectly expressed in the famous Taoist Yin/Yang symbol, in which darkness and light crash upon each other as waves, and embrace each other like lovers. Neither side is stronger than the other. Neither side is absolute -- even in the heart of darkness there is a point of light. The moral extremists who are seizing power in the world would do well to contemplate this sacred symbol. Good and
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This note was uploaded on 10/06/2010 for the course BIOLOGY Food scien taught by Professor Dr.johnson during the Spring '10 term at Berkeley.