jí (極)

the ridgepole of a house, and by extension the utmost point, to push to an extreme; jí (極) includes the meaning of the polarities of yīn (陰) and yáng (陽) going to an extreme, where they each transform into the other — the ‘中 極 (zhongji),’ which is the ‘central pole’ of this dynamic interface; so, jí (極) has the connotation of a ‘highest principle’ of dynamic movement, including coordinated and harmonious transformations between yīn (陰) and yáng (陽).

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