Rebellion, contrary to current opinion, and though it springs from everything that is most strictly individualistic in man, questions the very idea of the individual. If the individual, in fact, accepts death and happens to die as a consequence of his act of rebellion, he demonstrates by doing so that he is willing to sacrifice himself for the sake of a common good which he considers more important than his own destiny. If he prefers the risk of death to the negation of the rights that he defends, it is because he considers these rights more important than himself. Therefore he is acting in the name of certain values which are still indeterminate but which he feels are common to himself and to all men. We see that the affirmation implicit in every act of rebellion is extended to something that transcends the individual in so far as it withdraws him from his supposed solitude and provides him with a reason to act.
The single circle at the top of the Taijitu Shuo represents Wuji - undifferentiated Timelessness. What we see below that is actually an early version of the Yin-Yang Symbol - and represents the first movement into Duality - the play of Yin Qi and Yang Qi. From the blending of Yin Qi and Yang Qi come the Five Elements: Earth, Metal, Water, Wood & Fire. From the Five Elements are born the “myriad things” of the world.
Taoist practitioners enter into a “Path of Return” - a movement from the myriad things of the world back into Wuji. The Immortals, or those who have entered the Tao, are those who have completed this “Path of Return.”
“Love is the source of all - love that is unconditional and selfless: love which is totally free. Qi came into being, flowing out of unconditional love. From timelessness, from Wuji, Qi created the Universe. From a non-definable reality, Yin and Yang, the world of Duality, came into being. Wuji became Taiji. Yin Qi and Yang Qi blended together and gave birth to the Universe. It is Qii that created the Universe and it is unconditional love that gave birth to Qi.” - Lu Jun Feng
I love thinking about what makes a person’s insides tick. What helps get them out of bed in the morning? Who’s the person they try to push out of their head all day? Why do they look down every time someone meets their eyes? What is it about us, about humans, that makes us so special? I’m telling you, we’re all such messy beings. We’re always getting our fingers slammed in the doors of people that no longer need us.
Humans are the cruelest, yet most beautiful species.
First day of college complete. My honors English teacher is hilarious, which is a relief. I’m taking an online course called “Introduction to Philosophy: God, Knowledge, and Consciousness” through MIT/edX. Pretty interesting so far!