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Yin Yang Fountain

November 13, 2017

This week, I come up with my pcom idea and did some basic research. I also tested the physical interaction part.

 

Ideation:

老子是道家学说的创始人,其道的核心为“法自然”和“无为”。张岱年先生指出,“道是老子本体论的最高范畴”。老子在开篇就提出:“道可道,非常道;名可名,非常名。”“可道”、“可名”的不是“常道”、“常名”,言外之意就是,“常道”、“常名”是不可道、不可名的。要言道说名,不得不又回到了现实,通过它的集大成者---水来“立象以尽意”。

 

水——寻常物,一切生命体内皆有水,可它的寻常却也造就了它的不寻常。水有人性,人亦是水,生命起始于水,生存离不开水。冥冥之中,我们与水有着密不可分的联系。而这种联系一定程度上有反映到了老子之道和水之间。

 

 

 

Concept:

- nature

- human beings

- Yin and Yang

- Taoism & Lao Tsu

 

上善若水,水善利万物而不争。处众人之所恶,故几于道。居善地,心善渊,与善仁,言善信,正善治,事善能,动善时。夫唯不争,故无尤。

The highest good is like that of water. The goodness of water is that it benefits the ten thousand creatures;yet itself does not scramble,but is content with the places that all men disdain. It is this that makes water so near to the Way. And if men think the ground the best place for building a house upon,If among thoughts they value those that are profound,If in friendship they value gentleness,In words,truth;in government,good order;In deeds,effectiveness;in actions,timeliness- In each case it is because they prefer what does not lead to strife, And therefore does not go amiss. Even ordinary people realize the importance of the Taoist principle of ‘water-like’ behaviour,i.e. not striving to get on top or to the fore.

 

有物混成,先天地生。寂兮寥兮,独立而不改,周行而不殆,可以为天地母。吾不知其名,强字之曰道,强为之名曰大。大曰逝,逝曰远,远曰反。

故道大,天大,地大,人亦大。域中有四大,而人居其一焉。人法地,地法天,天法道,道法自然。

There was something undefined and complete,coming into existence before Heaven and Earth. How still it was and formless,standing alone,and undergoing no change,reaching everywhere and in no danger(of being exhausted)!It may be regarded as the Mother of all things.

I do not know its name,and I give it the designation of the Tao(the Way or Course)。Making an effort(further)to give it a name I call it The Great.

Great,it passes on(in constant flow)。Passing on,it becomes remote. Having become remote,it returns. Therefore the Tao is great;Heaven is great;Earth is great;and the(sage)king is also great. In the universe there are four that are great,and the(sage)king is one of them.

Man takes his law from the Earth;the Earth takes its law from Heaven;Heaven takes its law from the Tao. The law of the Tao is its being what it is.

 

 

道生一,一生二,二生三,三生万物。

万物负阴而抱阳,冲气以为和。

The Tao produced One;One produced Two;Two produced Three;

Three produced All things. All things leave behind them the Obscurity(out of which they have come),and go forward to embrace the Brightness(into which they have emerged),while they are harmonised by the Breath of Vacancy.

 

 

 

天下莫柔弱于水,而攻坚强者莫之能胜,以其无以易之。

There is nothing in the world more soft and weak than water,and yet for attacking things that are firm and strong there is nothing that can take precedence of it;——for there is nothing(so effectual)

 


 

Illustration:

 

 

 

 

System Diagram:

 

 

 

Physical Interaction Prototype:

 

Bill of Materials (BOM)

 

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