Ways this can be interpreted:

1) The yin-yang symbol comes from a part of the world where you can meet Confucian Buddhists, Hindu Daoists, and Shintoists who have Christian weddings and Buddhist funerals. This is no context in which to complain about adulteration.

2) The yin-yang symbolizes the unity of opposites, and with it such ideas as freedom from desire and acceptance in the face of suffering. The indication of blithe happiness in both brightest white and gloomiest black is symbolic of this acceptance and durability.

3) It's the complementarity and eternal intermixture of opposites. But in a country where men won't hug each other and see negotiation as a sign of weakness, and women learn to be cute and manipulative rather than open and assertive, we have rejected the idea. We choose to plug the holes in our being with pop-cultural kitsch rather than face our repressed selves.

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