Initiative and Adaptability

It’s customary to think that life is a familiar field while death is the big unknown.

Not so… we race every minute, every second towards the unknown- The big unknown that awaits us at our doorstep.

In such a situation which is life itself it is worthwhile to develop two internal values.

According to Chinese philosophy there are two values: the male “yang” and the female “yin”.

The male “yang” value symbolizes our ability to act appropriately in order to be relevant: observation of what’s happening, an appropriate response, skill development, personal enrichment, initiative, persistence, creativity and multidimensional action.

The female “yin” value symbolizes our ability to absorb what’s happening, to adapt, to accept things, to be tolerant and to develop endurance.

All living things can expect the full spectrum of natural disasters, plagues, diseases, wars, death, mourning and failures.

The one who is deceived by his own illusions and believes he is in control will collapse the moment life topples upside down.

The tension between yang and yin, initiative and endurance, is meant to symbolize the nature of life itself. On one hand, life is dynamic, changing and on the other hand there is an endless, infinite cyclical and repetitiveness of life and death, the four seasons of the year, night and day and so one and so forth.

If we only live life based on dynamism and change (yang) we’ll lose our anchor and serenity will slip away from us.

On the other hand, if we only live based on cyclical routine (yin) we’ll lose inventiveness and routine will dull our days.

To live in harmony with all that’s happening does not mean to live in beauty, peace and happiness but to flow and adapt with all that occurs around us.

Paradoxically, the one that incorporates the yang and yin in his thoughts and deeds knows to incorporate dynamism and cyclical routine, thrust and halting. The two values of yang and yin complement one another: Whoever does not know to halt runs till he falls, and whoever does not know to run gets stuck.

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About Dr. Dorit Kedar

Forced to continuously change nations, cultures and schooling - I had to develop a wider sense of communication, a way of thinking-feeling-behaving which stresses the common denominators. The need to adapt new landscapes and land-souls has taught instinctive means to overcome separatism, prejudices, dogmatic beliefs and suspicions. While looking for the common gathering denominators, I have also increased the ability of perception and individuation. Being constantly in estranged places has triggered psychological processes to turn the unfamiliar into familiar. As an art critic in the Israeli press, a curator, a writer - have always dealt with the otherness, the different and the infinite variety of the Existent. My Book of Peace is the result.
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