When I was a much younger man, and feeling very old, I was immensely fortunate to stop in a health food store one day and ponder the rice. Long, short, round, white and brown. Mostly the brown. I was already a vegetarian, maybe a vegan, though I hated the word. It seemed silly – an exclusion rather than an embrace. (Life defined by what you do not eat). I needed to understand food, the body, the cell, healing, energy, life.
I had tried ten things – vegetarian, vegan, all fruit, all vegetables, raw foods (all resulting in various compensatory binges of salt, fried food, sugar or bread). Most of these oddball diets lasted a few days to a few weeks. I suppose I tried them and in doing so, learned what food is in the body, how it affects energy, feeling, psychology. But humans aren’t built for a mono-food diet.
I had tried a few things, and I was still looking. I stopped to look at the brown rice. When I was a kid, rice was a dry bright yellow thing that you poured out of a box and cooked in 5 minutes that tasted like salt and chicken broth. But that wasn’t rice. And what I used to eat for bread, that wasn’t bread.
A man came up to me, asked me what I was looking at. He was a cook. He practiced something called macrobiotics. He was friendly, he knew about rice. I talked to him cautiously; I didn’t want to end up in some Moonie cult. Turns out he wasn’t a Moonie, and was not really enough of a ‘joiner’ to be in any cult at all.
We became friends. Or, he became my teacher, and I rode by bike across town at 6 am to cut vegetables and talk about Yin and Yang, humans and society, belief and reality, politics and culture, liars and frauds and other politicians, movies and cinema and film; and of course, beans, vegetables, sea weed, seeds and nuts, food versus what was sold in the supermarket…and the expression of infinity in paired opposites in an un-ending universe.
Neat ideas. More than that, more than I can express.
(Thank you Jim, thank you Michio, thank you George).
What follows are some ideas that are almost always with me; ideas I hope you will enjoy.
And some links:
The Seven Universal Principles of the Infinite Universe
1. Everything is a differentiation of One Infinity.
2. Everything changes.
3. All antagonisms are complementary.
4. There is nothing identical.
5. What has a front has a back.
6. The bigger the front, the bigger the back.
7. What has a beginning has an end.
The Twelve Laws of Change of the Infinite Universe
1. One Infinity manifests itself into complementary and antagonistic tendencies, yin and yang, in its endless change.
2. Yin and yang are manifested continuously from the eternal movement of one infinite universe.
3. Yin represents centrifugality. Yang represents centripetality. Yin and yang together produce energy and all phenomena.
4. Yin attracts yang. Yang attracts yin.
5. Yin repels yin. Yang repels yang.
6. Yin and yang combined in varying proportions produce different phenomena. The attraction and repulsion among phenomena is proportional to the difference of yin and yang forces.
7. All phenomena are ephemeral, constantly changing their constitution of yin and yang forces; yin changes into yang, yang changes into yin.
8. Nothing is solely yin or solely yang. Everything is composed of both tendencies in varying degrees.
9. There is nothing neuter. Either yin or yang is in excess in every occurence.
10. Large yin attracts small yin. Large yang attracts small yang.
11. Extreme yin produces yang, and extreme yang produces yin.
12. All physical manifestations are yang at the center, and yin at the surface.”