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  • Gordon Dumoulin

Dualism : "fire is a good servant but a bad masterโ€

๐——๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜€๐—บ; ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ๐˜€ | โ€œ็ซๆ˜ฏไธ€ๆŠŠๅŒๅˆƒๅ‰‘, fire is a good servant but a bad masterโ€

Chinese people are sometimes portrayed for not being straightforward or consistent by Western societies. Chinese society and culture has a strong sense of "duality of nature" since the birth of Taoism.

All things in nature exist in duality. Opposites complement and make each other other possible. Goodness and happiness do not exist without evil and sadness.

According to this dualistic view, oneโ€™s strength may contain the seed of self-destruction, while strength may be hidden in oneโ€™s weakness. For this reason, Chinese people tend to strive for maintaining balance in their considerations instead of exclusive pursuits and focus for maximizing one side.

This dualistic character also diminishes the urge for strong and fast opinions or stand points, and shows tempered enthusiasm and humbleness at achievements as well as resilience and acquiescence during setbacks. While western people might take a specific shift in course or behaviour very seriously, it might be a moment of perspective or action for keeping balance in China.

Trust in balance and reality of dualism...

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