Monday, April 9, 2007

Achieving Greatness; through Ying-Yang Philosophy

Jay Krieger introduces the Chinese Ying Yang philosophy. He continues on with how he believes we can achieve greatness, growth, and betterment by applying this philosophy.

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Karen Mayes said...
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mishkazena said...

Long time no see, Jay! Good to see you again :)

I love the way you apply ying-yang philosophy with ongoing discussions in the Deaf cyberworld. Funny, I was commenting to a vlogger earlier we need Jay and ABC to show up to balance out the other serious bloggers: ABC with his humor and Jay with his philosophy.

Open discussions to air out our opinions, both positive and negative, on different issues will help us gain better understanding of different POVs. The new understanding will enable us to work together more efficiently in the future.

jwomick said...

ur video is not work :(

JFLMad said...

Here's the most important for you to understand of Yin and Yang.

Summary of yin and yang concepts

1. Yin and yang do not exclude each other.

Everything has its opposite: although this is never absolute - only relative. No one thing is completely yin or completely yang. Each contains the seed of its opposite. For example, winter can turn into summer; "what goes up, must come down".

2. Yin and yang are interdependent.

One cannot exist without the other. For example, day cannot exist without night. Light cannot exist without darkness. Life cannot exist without death.

3. Yin and yang can be further subdivided into yin and yang.

Any yin or yang aspect can be further subdivided into yin and yang. For example, temperature can be seen as either hot or cold. However, hot can be further divided into warm or scorching; cold into cool or icy. Within each spectrum, there is a smaller spectrum; every beginning is a moment in time, and has a beginning and end, just as every hour has a beginning and end.

4. Yin and yang consume and support each other.

Yin and yang are usually held in balance: as one increases, the other decreases. However, imbalances can occur. There are four possible imbalances: excess yin, excess yang, yin deficiency and yang deficiency. They can again be seen as a pair: by excess of yin there is a yang deficiency and vice versa. The imbalance is also a relative factor: the excess of yang "forces" yin to be more "concentrated".

5. Yin and yang can transform into one another.

At a particular stage, yin can transform into yang and vice versa. For example, night changes into day; warmth cools; life changes to death. However this transformation is relative too. Night and day coexist on Earth at the same time when shown from space.

6. Part of yin is in yang and part of yang is in yin.

The dots in each serve:

1. as a reminder that there are always traces of one in the other. For example, there is always light within the dark (e.g., the stars at night); these qualities are never completely one or the other.
2. as a reminder that extreme yang at some point transforms instantly into yin, and vice versa, or that the labels yin and yang are conditioned by an observer's point of view. For example, the hardest stone is easiest to break. This can show that absolute discrimination between the two is artificial.

David said...

No video = your Karma????


Anonymous said...

I was so upset that I could not access it. I had the same problem. Google problems? Heres your Direct Link. I am pretty certain that you will be able to access it without any problems. I wish you good luck!

Teri said...

Jay! Jay! Jay! Thank God! You are back! :) You maintain the balance of energies within the deaf v/blogland.

Thank you for sharing your perspective and translating the meaning of Ying-Yang philosophy in ASL. It seems we are reading similar topics -- Anicent Eastern philosophy such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism and Confucianism. They are very interesting.

Thank you for keeping your promise of returning to v/blogging.

Kathie said...

Your google video does not work. I am looking forward to watching your video soon.


Jean Boutcher said...

Glad you are baaaaaack! Various
philosophies of the East intrigue
me, so I thoroughly enjoyed your vlog on Ying-Yang philosophy. Have you read Hermann Hesse's two fascinating books, "Demian," and

Stay! Do not run away from us!

Renee said...

Hi Jay! Glad you're back!!! Hey, you still single??? (wink)

I admire your philosophical thinking.

In one of Noah's video clips, he explained that we must have bad to have good - parallel. It sure makes sense! Your video clip validates it.

Anonymous said...

Hey Jay! It's so good to have you back on your vlog! :-)

I have seen the ying-yang philosophy everywhere but I never knew about the Chinese's beliefs and symbols. It is nice to know about the ying-yang philosophy.

I wish we all could learn other countries' beliefs and symbols.

White Ghost

todos la vie said...

Jay, I didn't know so much about how the Ying Yang symbol's significations in its own box. I've seen it displayed in my elementary teacher's classroom in fourth grade and now it's clear why it's important. I'm looking at my fingernails, and they are ready for an overhaul manicure. I wouldn't know that unless I knew ying yang. :-)

Jay said...

Thank you all for your warm welcome-backs. I am flattered and humbled that you have missed me.

I have missed me too. ;-)

So I had a nice break the last couple weeks, and even more WONDERFUL the last few days when I was able to escape from my home from home (work).

David said...

Your explanation about Ying-Yang is well-informed. I really enjoy your video-clip/comment.

People already have bad and good experiences that will help them grow better only if they understand what it is all about.

People have different levels of feeling such as no sensitive and very sensitive depending on their backgrounds. People could kill any living thing with almost no feeling at all while others do feel almost completely. But of course all of us have positive and negative forces inside us.


mochame said...

I never tried Ying-Yang but heard it many times before. That's very interesting, One day, i would like to buy the Ying-Yang books.

Jessica said...


You have missed yourself too, eh? Thought you see yourself every day of your life.

I have heard of the ying yang philosophy but what was new to me was the little circles on each side the feminine side of males and the masculine side of females. Interesting! Also thanks to jflmad for his extended explanations too.

There is a passage of scripture that you can find in a Book of Mormon that talks about opposition being necessary in all things. Very similar to what you said. To experience and understand joy, you need to also experience misery and so on.

Anyway, thanks for sharing your thoughts. Good food for thought.

Karen Mayes said...

mochame, Ying (female)-Yang (male) is under Taoism (a religion.) When you go to the library or bookstore, look under Taoism, under religion, you name it. There are many cool books about Taoism (and Zen Buddhaism, also...)

Anonymous said...

There is red carpet rolling on your path. WELCOME BACK! Your thinkings and sharing with us are very important via your vlogs. So many things we never thought or know about it. It is great how you did the comparison with this and deaf world. Where do you get those information. Keep up with excellent information. We are looking forward to viewing your vlogs daily if possible.

Karen Mayes said...

Single? Jay is single? Oh boy, Jay, you have a long line of ladies banging down on your door. Enjoy your fame. :-P

I'd not be surprised if the deaf community plans to knight (or already has) you as a Deaf Philosopher of 21st century. Gallaudet U. would design a course named "Krieger Philosophy for Deafhood"... :-)

mochame said...

Karen Mayes: Thank you, i sure will find these book in library or bookstore.

Anonymous said...

Hi! I just kinda fell on this site but I found it miraculously ironic/coincidential because lately I have been striving deeply to find myself in this world of amazing things there is true beauty in this world, but I think one may need to keep the moment alive to see it. SOmething I DO know though: You want something? look at it, just look at it I tell you; see what you say, say what you see, how pure

Nick said...

Hello, Jay!

Great Vlog! I'm actually going through a tough period right now and its good to be able to see a vlog like this and have something to reflect on.

You're right. We do have to go through the tough times to appreciate the good times later on.

Im keeping that in mind. :)

Susan said...

hi Jay, welcome back :)

Anonymous said...

WOW! I admire your philosophy thoughts about the Ying-Yang and the situations we experiencing. I think that people like us, Deaf people, could have been doing better in facing with hearing people and its world by learn more about the Aristotle.

Because majority of western world's concepts are almost based on Aristotle's thoughts. So supposed if we learn more about Aristotle's statements/thoughts, then we can playing with words/saying to hearing people. Which is that we could adequate with hearing people without any difficulties in the communications via the papers/pencils or texts in the computers.

What do you think about this?


Karen Mayes said...


Finally I remembered something... have you read the book called "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance", written by Robert Pirsig? It is about the philosophy instructor and his son going on the motorcyle riding across America (I think... I read that book LONG AGO, when I was in high school, in early 1980's, for the AP English class... I remember the author talking a lot about rheortic and logic in the book.)

Thought you might be interested in reading the book...

Anonymous said...

you got to see very good movie which it is calling "Peaceful Warrior"!!!!