Do you know what Lao Tzu is referring to when he speaks of “paradoxical unity” in the Tao Te Ching? Let’s start by introducing the paradoxical world in terms that we understand on a day-to-day basis: life sucks sometimes.
"Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill. Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt. Chase after money and security and your heart will never unclench. Care about people’s approval and you will be their prisoner. Do your work, then step back. The only path to serenity." - from Tao Te Ching, by Lao Tzu