I said seemingly opposite, because the idea is that the forces complement each other and interact to form a whole greater than its parts. They rely on each other, and one cannot exist without the other.
Once you start thinking about it, everything has both yin and yang. (It's not about good and evil; while Confucianism attaches a moral dimension to the yin-yang idea, Taoism considers good and bad something that is perceived and not real.)
Anyway, I've always loved the symbol. I love how the light field contains a piece of dark, and the dark contains a piece of light.
I think everything tends to balance out, at least in the long run. It's the way of the world.
How do we find this balance when it comes to our own lives? I'd love to take my own culture as an example. I'm not saying the Swedes are experts, but in general we believe in balance, and go through great lengths to ensure everyone can achieve balance between work and free time, and so on. We have a concept called "lagom" that can be used for anything that's just right.
In Sweden, we sometimes frown on "lagom" and think it's one of those ideas that hold us back from success. After living abroad and studying other peoples and cultures, I disagree. I think "lagom" keeps us on the right track and helps us achieve balance.
It can be applied to anything, really. Like...
- Challenging oneself or working vs opportunities to rest.
- Eating right and exercising vs treating oneself to some extra yummies.
- Striving towards a goal vs enjoying the ride.
- Taking time for others vs taking time for oneself.
- Allocating time for things one enjoys vs things that need to be done.