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Agency and Communion

Agency and Communion represent a fundamental polarity in the evolution and development of holons, or “whole/parts”, across all scales and domains of existence. Agency refers to the drive for autonomy, self-preservation, and self-assertion of a holon, while Communion represents the drive for connection, integration, and participation in larger wholes.

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Form & Emptiness

The polarity of emptiness and form is a fundamental paradox at the heart of existence. Emptiness represents the formless, boundless, and ineffable ground of being, while form represents the world of manifestation, structure, and differentiation.

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Vulnerability & Strength

Vulnerability and Strength encapsulates a fundamental human dynamic, weaving together the deeply caring sensibilities of vulnerability with the robustness of strength. This polarity reflects the nuanced understanding that true strength often requires the courage to be vulnerable.

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Theory & Practice

The polarity of Theory and Practice underscores the interplay between conceptual understanding and tangible application. Addressing this polarity is essential because while theory provides the foundational knowledge and frameworks, it is through practice that these concepts are tested, validated, and refined.

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Sameness & Otherness

The polarity of Sameness and Otherness represents the tension between the universal and the particular, the familiar and the unfamiliar. It captures the human inclination to seek comfort in what is known and similar, while also being drawn to the allure of what is different and unique.