is an ancient Chinese symbol of balance, of Harmony,
of the Union of the Pairs of Opposites.
in the Tao Te Ching, wrote: "Under Heaven,
all can see beauty as beauty only because there
is ugliness; all can know good as good only
because there is evil. Therefore, having and
not-having arise together; difficult and easy
complement each other; long and short contrast
each other; high and low rest upon each other."
know white only because we know black, and when
we know both black and white, wrong and right,
. . . then we might see beyond them.
English proverb says the same thing: "Every
cloud has a silver lining, and can cheer us
up and encourage us when everything seems bleak.
to benefit from such handed-down wisdom requires
application of it on our part; merely to repeat
it, parrot-fashion, will have little effect.
application of it could cause even a blind person
to say: "Oh, yes! I see!"