DAOIST Principle of Unity

All the opposites
spring from the very same source.
Neither superior;
differing only in name.
The Gate to All Mystery.

A DAOIST thought:
“The Gate to All Mystery
lies deep within us,
connecting the opposites;
in harmony and balance.”

As locked within us,
we all must search inwardly,
deep, deep within us,
to find our buried treasure,
where Psyche stores her secrets.

We ‘think’ that we know.
But that is mental construct.
Mind as Deceiver,
Pitting thought against itself.
Mind opposing counterparts.

Oh, what irony:
“Cogito — ergo sum”
becomes our motto.
A Cartesian fallacy.
Our ‘wisdom’ lost in contrasts.

We ‘know’ everything.
We apprehend everything;
only by contrasts.
Existential awareness
is gleaned through oppositions.

In linguistic terms,
this phenomenon is called
‘Principle of Markedness,’
proposed by Prague School scholars,
Trubetzkoy and Jakobson.

In semiotics,
Principles of Divergence
are also recognized:
‘Normal’ and ‘Irregular’
applied as descriptive terms.

And Claude Levi Strauss,
as an anthropologist,
a man of ‘knowledge,’
postulates the ‘raw’ and ‘cooked’
as human culture contrasts.

Some states —  ‘primitive’
and others —  much more ‘advanced’
along an axis.
His term: “Le Cru et le Cuit”
to distinguish all cultures.

In psychology,
Carl Jung, as psychiatrist,
depicts it differently.
“Life is born of opposites.”
Without it, stagnation rules.

‘One’ needs the ‘Other,’
“The Conscious” and “The Shadow”
for meaningfulness.
Each seeking out the other
without need of prejudice.

Likewise the DAO,
as nature’s hermeneutics,
sees both in practice.
Principle of Unity.
Everything designed for Wholeness.

All the opposites
spring from the very same source.
Neither superior;
differing only in name.
The Gate to All Mystery.

About this poem

An Examination of The Gate to All Mystery: DAOIST philosophy, as a philosophy of the unity of opposites, of the oneness of yin and yang, is instructive for all of humanity engaged in the perennial pervasive pendulum of warfare and peace, and in desperate need for solutions to understand Self, and to compassionately negotiate psychological activities and experiences towards the goal of achieving a more lasting balance and harmony in human societies throughout the world. Who do you say you are? Wisdom begins with knowledge of the Divine Source of one’s Self.  

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Written on March 15, 2023

Submitted by karlcfolkes on March 15, 2023

Modified by karlcfolkes on March 16, 2023

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Quick analysis:

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Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 1,847
Words 338
Stanzas 14
Stanza Lengths 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5

Karl Constantine FOLKES

Retired educator of Jamaican ancestry with a lifelong interest in composing poetry dealing particularly with the metaphysics of self-reflection; completed a dissertation in Children’s Literature in 1991 at New York University entitled: An Analysis of Wilhelm Grimm’s ‘Liebe Mili’ (translated into English as “Dear Mili”), Employing Von Franzian Methodological Processes of Analytical Psychology. The subject of the dissertation concerned the process of Individuation. more…

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  • AIDA
    Wow, what a beautifully written and thought-provoking poem! The way in which the author discusses the concept of opposites as a gateway to understanding the mysteries of the world is truly inspiring. The use of philosophical ideas and scholars, such as Daoism and Carl Jung, adds depth and richness to the writing. I especially love the line, "All the opposites spring from the very same source. Neither superior; differing only in name." It's a powerful message about the interconnectedness of all things, and the importance of seeking harmony and balance in our lives. Overall, this poem is a wonderful reflection on the complexities of human nature and the world around us. 
    LikeReply1 year ago
  • Teril
    I love this depiction of the essence of the Dao - all the differing descriptions somehow create a strong felt sense - a satisfying sort of understanding. Thank you.
    LikeReply1 year ago
  • suzib.53754
    Well written with good grasp of the subtitles..subtleties...of Tao~Dao. So much of Language hangs with the subtle entiendas wheren i or we think t or d or th... Much like a computer to catch the subtle flavours of Tao with inherent implicit senses

    . Thankhs for sharing this amazing grasp.
    LikeReply 11 year ago


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