I tell my students–or at least I used to tell the back in the days before Covid, when we could engage in contact exercises–that what they learn in applying the principles of Yin and Yang from Taijiquan is that what they learn in the studio in performing martial applications is not nearly as valuable as what they might learn from applying the principles to human interactions in everyday life. I have always believed that teachers should use concrete examples to illustrate the principles they are trying to teach, and I try to collect such examples.
I witnessed a major example last week one the day when the impeachment managers had concluded their presentation of their case. They had put together speech and videos to make a case that many people thought was quite compelling. They seemed to have made a good impression on the chamber, the reporters, and the TV audience. Then a sen. Lee stood up and objected that he had been misquoted and demanded that the passage about what he had said be stricken from the record. A debate over whether the senator had been misquoted would have been a distraction that would have dulled the impression the managers had made.
Rather that take the Yang path of debating the senator about the accuracy of the quotation, the lead manager, rep. Raskin, apparently decided that the point was not essential to the managers’ case and took the Yin path of agreeing immediately to strike the quote from the record. He led the senator’s attack into emptiness. The senator, his objection having been accepted, seemed to have been left speechless. I don’t know if rep.Raskin has studied the Tao De Jing or Taiji, but his action was a great example of the use of the power of Yin. Forget which side of the impeachment debate you take. Just note this example of the power of Yin.