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Life consists of opposites and polarities that are all part of a larger unity. Often however, only one side of these pairs of opposites gets emphasised. As Klaas van Egmond explains, when certain ideologies focus on one side of the spectrum exclusively, the overall balance of a society is lost. To create a balanced and sustainable future, inclusion of paradoxes is therefore necessary.

An excellent symbol for this integration is the circle, as its design connects opposites. The circle is a powerful symbol of inclusion, connection and reconnection. This also includes connections to all other circles: connections within one community and also between different communities worldwide (the concept of ‘re-connection’ is of course only necessary in states of duality: when in state of oneness, there is nothing to reconnect to because all is united).

In movement, we can feel opposites in the space, in our bodies, and between us, and learn to dance with them. We recognise the feeling of balance and imbalance, and so create an internal frame of reference for that. Finally, once we experience interconnection and oneness, the intricate connection between self, planet and other species has become tangible and concrete on a physical level. Motivated by what Arne Naess called ‘self preservation’, the drive and endeavour to preserve life, this creates an ultimate motivation for change toward a more sustainable future and an embodied understanding of the concept 'sustainability'.


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