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Equilibrium in Yin-Yang review

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To recap and review, I give you two trailers for the film.  The first is more yin (dark) aspect, covering the destructive side of the movie– the destruction of the mother-wife of Preston’s family, and the destructive side of Preston as Tetragrammaton Cleric, First Class.

The second is more yang (light) aspect, covering the rise of John Preston to Champion of the Resistance, and his communications with Jurgen.  It is the official trailer for the U.S. market.

Taijitu, or “diagram of ultimate power”, in classic Taoist representation. The white is Yin while the black is Yang, and the dots indicate their crossing and merging interaction.

As in the Taijitu, there are cross-elements– the more yin-like trailer has yang element, and the more yang-like trailer still has yin.

Where there was destruction and darkness, creation and light fought to break free, and John Preston witnessed that light, sometimes very literally.  But Preston had to fight for this light, and as the Angel of Death, he destroyed agents of darkness.

Note that yin (dark) energy is associated with the feminine and the night, while yang (light) energy is associated with the masculine and the day.  There is a good summary at Wikipedia.  While Kurt Wimmer references Western notions of masculinity and femininity, these Eastern concepts remain, even in the ways he uses white and black colors in the film.

Furthermore, Angus MacFayden (Vice-Counsel Dupont) says in Finding: ‘Equilibrium’ that the story is “almost a Buddhist tale” where good must oppose evil.

Opposition in all things, dear readers.

For it must needs be, that there is an aopposition in all things. If not so, my firstborn in the wilderness, righteousness could not be brought to pass, neither wickedness, neither holiness nor misery, neither good nor bad. Wherefore, all things must needs be a compound in one; wherefore, if it should be one body it must needs remain as dead, having no life neither death, nor corruption nor incorruption, happiness nor misery, neither sense nor insensibility. (2 Nephi, chapter 2, version 27, The Book of Mormon)

This is one of the bridges between my LDS faith and philosophical Taoism.  Hence, this blog remains “the tao of jaklumen”.

FINAL POST IN THE SERIES: Hero’s Journey Art: John Preston

Author: jaklumen

Wherever you see "jaklumen", that's me. The username is still unique as of 2016, so it's just me, and only me. It's the real me, because I'm bad at faking otherwise.

2 thoughts on “Equilibrium in Yin-Yang review

  1. Very intriguing, Jak, the concept that there is opposition in all things. Is it, perhaps, another way of saying that even the noblest course of action will inevitably have some negative consequences? Definitely food for thought!

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    • I’m not sure I would put it necessarily like that, as it implies a cause and effect, but one of Newton’s laws does come to mind: for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
      At the very least, the noblest course of action may still encounter vile resistance, or good deeds may still be “punished” by evil.

      Thanks for your comment. It’s much appreciated.

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