The Tao in Opposites

Alan W Watts, in his groundbreaking book “The Way of Zen”, states [paraphrased] that all things are without self nature or independent reality since they exist only in relation to other things. Nothing can stand by itself, person, place, event, etc, so you cannot single anything out as the ideal to be grasped. What is singled out only exists in relation to its opposite.

You cannot have evil without Good, In without out, birth without death, dark without light, etc. If there was only light, nobody would know what light is; there would be nothing it was relative to-like darkness. If everybody was pure evil and there was no such thing as good, then nobody would know they were evil.

Print Friendly

DISCLAIMER
The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Wag the Truth. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, this material is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. Wag the Truth has no affiliation whatsoever with the originator of this article (unless it was written by an owner of Wag the Truth) nor is Wag the Truth endorsed or sponsored by the originator.

Please read our Comment Policy before posting. It is unacceptable to slander, smear or engage in personal attacks on other commenters and authors of articles posted on WTT.

Leave a Reply

Be the First to Comment!

Notify of
avatar
wpDiscuz