Saturday, July 09, 2011

From Fragmentation to Integration 21

Making Lists

As a teacher and learner I have always liked brain-storming and making lists as I find they are helpful to get an overall grasp on a particular topic.  Okay, I admit that it is quite boring for anyone else to read the lists made out by others.  However, I like the sheer clarity, almost mathematical and logical lay-out of say lists of opposites (The Apollonian in me) and then the sheer unpredictability of some of the entries in these opposing lists adds the spice as it were. (The Dionysian in me)



The Unity of Opposites in the famous Tao symbol Yin Yang

The Apollonian-Dionysian Dialectic or Tension of Opposites:

Apollonian                               Dionysian


Reason                                       Emotions                               


Order                                         Disorder/Chaos


Measure                                     Immeasurability


Individual                                   Communal


Thrust towards perfection           Anything goes - imperfection


Harmony                                   Disharmony


Soothing music                          Rousing music/dance/ecstasy


Spirituality                                 Corporeality


Sobriety                                    Insobriety

Purity                                        Impurity


Renunciation                             Over-indulgence/excess


Construction                             Destruction


Ritual purity = Katharsis            Ritual impurity - orgiastic acts


Ecstasy of the spirit                   Ecstasy of body and sexual licence


Mysticism                                 Earthiness


Spirit                                        Body


Sun                                          Earth


Dreams                                    Reality

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