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The ubiquitous yin-yang symbol holds its roots in Taoism/Daoism, a Chinese religion and philosophy. The yin, the dark swirl, is associated with shadows, femininity, and the trough of a wave; the yang, the light swirl, represents brightness, passion and growth. John Bellaimey explains why we all contain the spirit of yin and of yang — and how we can achieve a balance of both in our lives.

Lesson by John Bellaimey, animation by TED-Ed.

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  1. I am an acupuncturist for almost 30 years and I can say that almost all the comments of this video missed the point because the video itself missed the point..

    The Yin Yang in the ability to find the center of things, the balance point, the place where you want to be.
    Take one thing, find its opposite and you will know how far it is from the center :the balance point.

    Calling things in yin or yang is stupid because it is always changing.
    Water is yin compare to the fire while it is yanfg compare to the earth.

    Making lines of objects do not explains the process of transformation.

    Knowing where things are or you yourself is and how far from the center, the balance point, gives you a plan to achieve it..

    And For all the atheist please stop talking about thing you don't know anything about.. you sound like 5 years old…

  2. I understand that in Eastern cultures Black is considered the color of honor and justice, whereas White is considered the color of insanity, destruction, and death. As a Westerner, I don't think of them in absolutes, though I can understand why from the standpoints of East and West. For me, if a person wears black over white like a tuxedo, a priest's or nun's vestments, or a judge's garb, it gives a sense of being honorable and just, but if you were to reverse the color scheme then it gives a sense of being insane, destructive, and deadly. Take for example Tony Montana's white-and-black suit, the Espada, and the KKK (humor me on the last one), all three embodied those qualities and their color combinations helped denote that.

  3. Well, this video touches M & Yang so superficially and intuitively. To explain what M-Yang is, one should refer to Tae-gg(太極) first. You don't know Tae-gg, then you turn out ignorant of M-Yang. Taoism is not the origine of M-Yang philosophy. This was much before Taoism. M-Yang is rather about computation of imformation ( as of the computer) or Quantum machanics. It tells how the electromagnetic force and the gravity appear to work as well as how men are supposed to be and behave.

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