[quote=FightingFat]I’m thinking out loud here, anyone want to join in?
Eastern philosophy tends to describe universal balance- ying and yang- good and evil in constant flux and always balanced. If you look at the ying/yang symbol, there is a bit of white in the black and a bit of black in the white…Nothing is absolute; masculine must contain some feminine and vice-a-versa.
Now, lets think about concepts of good and evil. Everyone has the capacity for evil. True or false?
Sometimes, an evil act (such as murder) can become good depending on the circumstances. Right or wrong?
Can it be said, that there is no good and evil? That evil is something that dwells in all of us, and that all we lack is the justification? Once our minds have justified an evil act, we are able to over-ride our sense of good and evil and commit that act with relative impunity from self condemnation.
Could justification, lead by circumstance, be the reason so many languish in prison?
Hello fighting fat,
Here is an excerpt that describes the yin-yang symbolism and Chinese philosophy well.
“The yin and yang represent all the opposite principles one finds in the universe. Under yang are the principles of maleness, the sun, creation, heat, light, Heaven, dominance, and so on, and under yin are the principles of femaleness, the moon, completion, cold, darkness, material forms, submission, and so on. Each of these opposites produce the other: Heaven creates the ideas of things under yang, the earth produces their material forms under yin, and vice versa; creation occurs under the principle of yang, the completion of the created thing occurs under yin, and vice versa, and so on. This production of yin from yang and yang from yin occurs cyclically and constantly, so that no one principle continually dominates the other or determines the other. All opposites that one experiences—health and sickness, wealth and poverty, power and submission—can be explained in reference to the temporary dominance of one principle over the other. Since no one principle dominates eternally, that means that all conditions are subject to change into their opposites.”
It should be noted that in Eastern philosophy and religion, such as in Buddhism and Taoism, the concept (truth) of impermanence has a huge effect. Impermanence is exactly what the word implies - the belief that everything observable changes. You are not the 6 year old kid you used to be. You grew up. Things that were once just seeds turn into flowers, trees, vegetables. Winter isn’t the year-round reality. Seasons change throughout the year and begin again the next year. You get the idea.