If you asked me to choose between Russell and Laozi I would not hesitate. I will always choose both/and over either/or.

>Once all under Heaven knew beauty as “beauty”; at that moment “ugliness” was already there. Once all knew goodness as “goodness”; at that moment “not good” was already there. Thus it is that presence and absence generate each other; difficulty and ease determine the sense of the other; long and short give proportion to the other; highs and lows are a matter of relative inclination; instrumental sounds and voice tones depend on one another for harmony; and before and after result from their respective places in a sequence.

Laozi, 2

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