Friday, August 8, 2008

Philosophical Musings - Part III

The Roots of Wisdom



As I watched Christopher Nolan’s ‘The Dark Knight’, I found myself reflecting deeply on the vastly opposing philosophy of Batman vs. The Joker. Is it truly inevitable that the existence of Batman would bring about its’ polar opposite, The Joker? Will we forever be rooted in the concept of duality or can we move beyond opposites?

Thousands of years earlier, Hong Yingming (author of the book ‘The Roots of Wisdom’) pondered on the concept of dualities and this was the result:


Beyond Opposites

If Radiant Beauty exists
The Ugly will necessarily subsist to oppose it

And if I do not take pride in Beauty
Who will be able to consider me Ugly?

If Immaculate Purity exists
The Flithy will necessarily subsist to counter it

If I am not attaced to Purity
Who will be able to Taint me?

4 comments:

Zul

For weeks I've been meaning to watch but always missed the chance. Batman Begins was my movie of the year so I guess Dark Night would not disappoint me.

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Dear Zul,

You'd better go watch it while it's still showing in our local cinemas. It's fantastic!

One of the better movies I've had the pleasure to watch in a long, long time.

Rgds

Ah Keong

Which was your last best movies? LOTRs? Or Titanic?

hah hah...

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Dear Ah Keong,

The Dark Knight lah... :)

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