Si Shi Er Zhang (42nd Chapter)
Dao sheng yi
Yi sheng er
Er sheng san,
二 生 三，
San sheng wan wu.
三 生 万 物。
Wan wu fu yin er bao yang
万 物 负 阴 而 抱 阳，
Chong qi yi wei he.
冲 气 以 为 和。
Discourse gave birth to one, the one the two,
The two gave birth to three, where multiplied
Ten thousand things. Ten thousand things endured
The lunar-yin, embraced the solar-yang:
Charged spirits harmonise when they conflict.
In Other Words
Speech is that which gives Being and nuance to things. Inevitably, oppositions emerge by this new-found complexity. But only when they interact through dissent, does harmony emerge. Put simply, without a culture that fosters debate and disagreement do we maintain a superficial peace instead of an authentic one.
Happy Chinese New Year and may we find the courage to seek an authentic harmony! 恭喜发财!