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  • You might have seen this symbol before,

  • whether it's as a temporary tattoo

  • or at a Chinese temple.

  • It's called the yin-yang symbol.

  • It comes from Taoism,

  • a religion born in China

  • and it has far more meaning than you probably realize.

  • The yin is the dark swirl,

  • and the yang is the light one,

  • and each side has a dot of the opposite color,

  • which gives a clue to the meaning of yin and yang.

  • Everything contains the seed of its opposite.

  • Darth Vadar has the seed of goodness,

  • and Luke has the potential to follow

  • his father to the dark side.

  • Like Luke and his father,

  • yin and yang are not total opposites,

  • they are relative to each other.

  • Taoists believe that the universe is made up

  • of energies, vibrations, and matter,

  • which behave differently

  • in different contexts.

  • Something can be yin or yang

  • depending on,

  • well, depending on lots of things.

  • So, while wheat that's growing is yang,

  • when it's being reaped, it's yin.

  • A wave's crest is yang,

  • and the trough is yin.

  • Villages on the sunny side of a valley in China

  • have names like Liuyang or Shiyang,

  • but on the shady side, for example,

  • of the Yangtze River Valley,

  • there's Jiangyin.

  • The brake is yin to the gas pedal's yang.

  • An eggshell is yang,

  • the egg inside is yin.

  • You think you're getting it?

  • Yang is harder,

  • stronger,

  • brighter,

  • and faster,

  • but one can turn into the other

  • or are two sides of the same coin.

  • The sunbeams are yang

  • in comparison to the shadows.

  • The pitch is yang,

  • the catch is yin.

  • The yang starts an action,

  • and the yin receives it,

  • completes it.

  • Yin is the inside space of a cup;

  • it wouldn't be a cup without it.

  • Yang is the cup.

  • The coffee's heat, however, is yang,

  • and its blackness is yin.

  • Yang goes berserk sometimes,

  • but there's some very powerful yins, too,

  • if they don't quite go berserk.

  • Yin is the darker swirl, the female,

  • but there is a white dot in it.

  • And yang is the lighter, the male,

  • but it has a black dot.

  • Water flowing calmly in a river is yin,

  • but when it goes over the waterfall,

  • it's very yang.

  • Toothpicks are yin

  • compared with a telephone pole.

  • The back of a person is more yin

  • than the front.

  • The top of a person is the yang end.

  • Taoism teaches that there is a power in the universe.

  • It's higher, deeper, and truer than any other force.

  • They call it the Tao.

  • It means the way.

  • Like the Force in Star Wars,

  • the Tao has two sides.

  • Unlike other religions where the higher power is all good,

  • and perhaps has an all-evil rival,

  • Taoism teaches that we need to learn

  • from both yin and yang.

  • And unlike religions with gods that are personal,

  • the higher power in Taoism is not.

  • Taoists believe that living in harmony with the way,

  • a person will not have to fight

  • against the universe's natural flow.

  • So, for example, listen more,

  • argue less.

  • Be ready to back up or undo something,

  • and you will make even faster progress.

  • Don't worry about being the best,

  • be who you are.

  • Live simply.

  • Complications take you away from the Tao.

  • "The wise person is flexible," Taoists say.

  • Learning to use the Tao

  • is what Taoism is all about,

  • and that's why you should know

  • your yin from your yang.

You might have seen this symbol before,

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【TED-Ed】The hidden meanings of yin and yang - John Bellaimey

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