Tuning of Ying and Yang-Chinese Tai Chi

Tuning is an inspiring concept of posthuman rhetoric. As we know, tuning is an important process to adjust the scale between different instruments. What is the relationship between tuning and posthumanism? In “Writing and Rhetoric and/as Posthuman” by Casey Boyle, he points out the concept of “tuning” which is a process that emerges from the ‘reciprocal tuning of people and things.’” (541) Posthuman rhetoric is like the process of tuning, various subjects, discourses, and audience try to find the common ground in a noisy world. In the posthuman world, there is no existed stander. Instead, every communication is a process of “becoming”. Tuning makes me relate to Chinese philosophy Tai Chi. I think Chinese Tai Chi is a good example of tuning, the philosophy of which also claims the balance of the distinct.

Tai Chi is a kind of Chinese martial art which practices defended wrestle and health maintenance. People practice Tai Chi not only for the fight but also for longevity, calm and balance between minds and bodies. The philosophies behind Tai Chi are Tao and Confucian both of which are the core of Chinese culture. The image of Tai Chi demonstrating the spirit of unity: twin fishes with distinct-color eyes fuse with each other, the image of which symbolizes the ultimate unity of Yin and Yang (negative and positive). Tai Chi influences lots of cultures, such as the symbol of West Roman Empire and even the martial art in modern movies, like The Matrix and Kill Bill.

I think that the unity of Ying and Yang in Tai Chi demonstrates the spirit of tuning: the negative and the positive tune with each other. As the saying goes in Chinese: “Ying and Yang are the Word,” tuning between the two extremes is the essence of the world. Like Yoga, Tai Chi also claims the balance of minds and bodies, individuals and environment, the internal and the external, that is, Tai Chis is the process of tuning. You can feel you flow within the environment, dance with it, and finally, achieve the harmony. Thus, Tai Chi is not only a way of being but also a way of becoming, becoming a unity with the whole world.

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