Sevensi Philosophy In A Nutshell

Neutral Jing

Note: The English word jing comes from the existing usage of the word in the animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender to denote a similar (although not completely equivalent) concept; it is derived from the Chinese , where it denotes power or energy.

As a philosophical concept, Sevensi jing derive from the Sevensi cosmogony, in which the earth, representing negative jing, separated from the heavens, representing positive jing. Life came into existence in the realm between these two forces—the realm of neutral jing. These concepts are again similar, but not identical to, the concept of yin and yang.

It is commonly held that energy manifests itself in two forms, or jing.

Positive jing is the energy of action, of doing, of affecting change, and of making decisions. It tends towards chaös, breaking and destructing, and exerts its will on the future, bending and shaping what is to come. Of the three fluids, fire best represents this jing.

Negative jing is the energy of reaction, of responding, being affected, and of thinking, contemplation. It tends towards order, attempting to bring structure to the world, and exerts its will on the past, bringing coherence to that which has occurred. Of the three fluids, water best represents this jing.

However, we might find ourselves wondering: In what jing does the soul, the source of life, reside? For the soul is certainly a kind of energy, and if there are but two forms which energy can hold, certainly it must be the case that the soul manifests itself in one or the other.

Is it in positive jing? Look to the waterfall, careening off a cliff. Certainly, this waterfall exhibits positive jing, but none would say that the waterfall is alive.

Is it in negative jing? Look to the branch, snapping underfoot. Certainly, this branch exhibits negative jing, but none would say that the branch is alive.

Is it in both jing together? Look to the water‐mill, powering the trip‐hammer. Certainly, this mill exhibits both positive and negative jing, but none would say that the mill is alive.

Indeed: A person may rid themself of all action, and thus all positive jing, and a person may rid themself of all thought, and thus all negative jing, and yet none would argue that this person is no longer alive. So clearly, neither positive nor negative jing hold the key to the soul.

There is, in fact, a third jing: neutral jing, the jing of life.

Neutral jing is the energy of inaction, of existence, of survival, and of knowledge. Where positive jing tends towards chaos and negative jing tends towards order, neutral jing tends towards persistence; where positive jing looks to the future and negative jing looks to the past, neutral jing exists solely in the present, simultaneously ephemeral and everlasting. Of the three fluids, air best represents this jing.

Some will say: But what of the rock, sitting on the ground? The rock does not take action, the rock does not respond, does this mean that the rock is alive? Clearly not, but neither does the rock exhibit neutral jing: Neutral jing is not the same as no jing at all.