The Circle of Life

The Chinese have a word for it:  Yin and Yang.   

Complimentary opposites,  part of a greater whole.

It’s there, right in front of you…if you know where to look for it. 

Age versus Beauty.

Youth versus Wisdom.

Life versus Death.

The Endless Circle of Life.

We are all part of it.






Photo credit:  Friar’s Mom (who really likes bananas with her breakfast). 

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15 Comments on “The Circle of Life”

  1. XUP Says:

    I do appreciate these little philosophical whims you get sometimes, but I don’t think Age versus Beauty or
    Youth versus Wisdom are good yin/yang examples — they’re not, as you put it “complimentary opposites”. That being said, I would like to discuss the symbolism of the small, stubby, brown half banana in juxtaposition to the large, firm green banana

  2. Friar Says:


    Ah, yes. But how would we know what wisdom is (or age) if we didn’t have the youthful opposites to remind us?

    As for the shrivelled up bananas versus the green firm ones…I won’t comment. I’m sure the Peanut Gallery will kick in their two cents, and hi-jack this blog, as usual.

    PS. You beat my Mom to “Firsties”. She’s disappointed.

  3. Anemone Says:

    You’ve been posting a lot about bananas lately. I checked the dream dictionary, and one type of symbolism is so obvious I don’t need to cover it, but the other refers to hard work with little reward. Is this job related?

    Or are you just saying theories like this are bananas? 🙂

  4. Friar Says:

    Oh, don’t read too much into it…the bananas were sitting on plate, 4 feet away. And seeing how I got such a good comment discussion last time, I took the easy way out, and just posted a photo.

    But I suspect the bananas have run their course. (Unless I decide to paint some black ones one day, but don’t hold your breath).

    Well, sitting here up in the mountains, away from work, being slightly oxygen-deprived, gives one time to think about the more important things in life.

    I’ll come back down to Earth…eventually.

  5. dave1949 Says:

    Oh XUP doooo behave
    And of course as Freud so famously said sometimes a banana is just a banana.

  6. Friar Says:

    Exactly!… If I wanted to make a phallic reference, I’d have been much more direct, without beating around the bush.

  7. eyeteaguy Says:

    Heh, heh, heh. Friar said bush.

  8. Brett Legree Says:

    I see that the third banana down is owned by none other than John Wayne Bobbitt.

  9. Friar's Mom Says:


    Very astute of you to notice the half banana.

    Hmmm . . . could it possibly be a radioactive banana, and that is its half live.

    Or . . . could it be symbolic of the opposing forces between the strong firm new bananas and the soft weak old mushy ones. The six stronger ones won out because of their gravitational force. Like a tug of war between brawny young guys and weak olde phartes.

    Or . . . could it be symbolic of the relative number of youth to the number of really old seniors.

  10. Friar Says:

    Yeah..and the other day, we were admiring the hoar-frost on the trees.

    I got to say “whore”. Heh heh heh.

    Don’t ask was Friar’s Mom who decided to take the photo that way.

    @Friar’s Mom
    Gee, thanks.

    That pretty much shut the comment thread down for good. 😉

  11. Eyeteaguy Says:

    Maybe you should paint the bananas with your ying and then we could all pull you yang.

    Man oh man, we sure are getting our potassium this week.


    P.S. Where is your Seestor? She hasn’t taken a shot at you in a while.

  12. Friar Says:

    Banana are the Fruit of the Month for February.

    Bet you can’t wait till March, to see what comes next.

    PS. Have no idea where Seestor is. She’s travelling around the country lot, selling computer chips or something.

  13. lianamerlo Says:

    There seems to be a lot of potassium in this circle of life.

  14. Friar Says:

    Who knows? The next circle of life might contain anti-oxidants. (If I posted Blue-berries, for example).

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