Re: Core belief Posted by Scott Bodenheimer on July 27, 1997 at 19:51:11:
In Reply to: Core belief posted by Danielle Vanier on July 27, 1997 at 09:28:48:
Lao-Tzu said that the utility of the jar lies with the not-jar. One aspect structures the other. Hesse wanted his readers to open their minds to the unity of polar opposites: light and dark, male and female, hot and cold. In the West, more often than not, it's either one or the other, winners and losers,God and the Devil, white hats and black hats. This struggle to determine who's let inside, and who's left outside, based upon polar definitions of values, erodes compassion and tolerance. In Ralph Ellison's "Invisible Man", a black man who knows the secret of making the whitest of white paints, shows the protagonist how he does it - by adding a drop of black. Just like the symbol for yin and yang, the quality of inside depends on the essence of what's outside, and vice versa.
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