Coco & Mimi

8 08 2008

I had a lovely lunch this afternoon with my friend Karen and her two daughters. I got to photograph their two 2-year old kitties, Coco and Mimi. I told Karen she should call Mimi “Yin & yang” Yin-yang. Doncha just love these extreme closeups?

Click here for the definition and history of Yin-yang. (Thanks, Dad).

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10 08 2008
Hershel Dyer

The closeups are spectacular — any closer and you would have been shooting from the inside out.

This posting prompted an informal survey of our household (total of two people) on the meaning of “yin and yang.” The survey revealed that, although we were familiar with the expression, our understanding of the term was limited to the fact that it involves opposites.

That limited understanding drove us to Wikipedia where we learned, among other things, that the Chinese ancients must have had a lot of time on their hands, as demonstrated by the time spent on developing the concept of yin-yang.

We learned that the Chinese word for yin-yang has no “and,” because yin-yang is a philosophy of duality which describes the polar effects of phenomena — the terms cannot be separated because together they comprise a whole (some examples are: up-down, right-left, summer-winter, light-dark, and ultimately, life-death — one cannot exist without the other).

On the off-chance that other visitors to your blog may also have a limited understanding of yin-yang, you might want to include a link to Wikipedia.

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