Signs of renewal are appearing in a time of decay. Light is beginning to dispel the darkness. Don’t miss this opportunity to engage it, for it will not return again for a long time. Approach this time with simplicity. Do not presume a state of wealth before it happens. The lowly have been robbed by the wealthy, reaching a crisis point. What we have is simply a change of direction. Our participation now prevents a total collapse. The last time this happened, it was ignored, to our peril. Carpe diem.
The text reads:
“After a time of decay comes the turning point. The powerful light that has been banished returns. There is movement, but it is not brought about by force.
The old is discarded and the new is introduced. Both measures accord with the time; therefore no harm results. Societies of people sharing the same views are formed. But since these groups come together in full public knowledge and are in harmony with the time, all selfish separatist tendencies are excluded, and no mistake is made.
If a man misses the right time for return, he meets with misfortune. The misfortune has its inner cause in a wrong attitude toward the world. The misfortune coming upon him from without results from this wrong attitude. What is pictured here is blind obstinacy and the judgement that is visited upon it.
Increase and decrease come in their own time. What matters here is to understand the time and not to try to cover up poverty with empty pretence. If a time of scanty resources brings out an inner truth, one must not feel ashamed of simplicity. For simplicity is then the very thing needed to provide inner strength for further undertakings.