A note from Katherine about lack of diversity:
I believe that Professor Lin is accord with biologist Lyall Watson when this scientist said:
“Order is destroyed by loss of diversity. And good things get really rotten if they cannot relate to each other properly and their degree of association is impoverished. . . Every loss of diversity represents a loss of organic vigor, and a corresponding reduction in the possibilities of interconnection and cooperation. And the loss is progressive. As diversity fades, so do the chances for change and eventually the system breaks down altogether.”
Add this look-a-like syndrome to a street lined with one garage after another, and I believe that we are absolutely creating a lack of association, and certainly a lack of rich association. This lack of diversity and association prohibits change, and without change there is no life. This is the simple lesson of the I Ching from which our craft draws it life.
For instance, a developer can help in the following ways:
a. By painting the houses in a development different colors to create variety.
b. By designing landscaping that varies from house to house.
c. By adding windmills, fountains, and trees to help create “smooth” chi.
d. By planning the color of the front doors to follow the Five Element sequence in either the constructive or destructive cycle. The use of either cycle will help to create “smooth” chi.
e. By using shape to bring diversity and create “smooth” chi. For instance:
(1.) An auspicious shape for a house at the end of a cul-de-sac is an Earth shape; square and flat. The shapes of the houses on either side could follow either the constructive or destructive cycle of the Five Element shapes. For instance:
(a.) The house on the right side (as you look at the house) could be a Fire shape, such as an A-frame. The house on the left could be a dome shape, or have other rounded features that are symbolic of Metal.
This is an example of using the constructive cycle; Fire feeding Earth, Earth feeding Metal.
(b.) Use of either cycle will create “smooth” chi.
(c.) The constructive cycle is best used in a counter-clockwise direction.
(2.) FYI: It is not auspicious to place a Fire-shaped house, or a Water-shaped house, at the end of a cul-de-sac.
It is important that we become the voice of diversity.