Today: A significant week(end) for America – from the I Ching

This is a significant week(end) for Americans and people living in America.  It is a time to assess who we are and what we are about.  It’s about our collective identity.  It’s time to look around and see who else is here and what amplifies US.  We are under attack from without and from within.
Our Republic was founded and is based on the Rule of Law.  The Law is not the Truth, but it is the written contract that defines the parameters by which we agree to live with each other.

The primal law is the Constitution.

From time to time the Law is contorted and stretched, and cheaters will cheat.  But, since the Civil War, its rule has not been breached.

Chaotic forces are now mounting a siege against our nation’s long tradition of unity.  Its reverence for and commitment to Truth is bleeding into the darkness.  The value of Truth itself is being questioned.
The remedy to all this is not to rebel against the dark forces in a disorganized and reactive way.  That would only contribute to the chaos and amplify its effects.
The tools of democracy must be employed in their various forms that offer stability to our way of life.  Dissent must find a common voice through peaceful verbal and physical expression, which includes civil disobedience.
The key has always been, and will always be, unity.

Read the text from Richard Wilhelm's translation of the I Ching
Game is in the field – it has left its usual haunts in the forest and is devastating the fields. This points to an enemy invasion. Energetic combat and punishment are here thoroughly justified, but they must not degenerate into a wild melee in which everyone fends for himself. Despite the greatest degree of perseverance and bravery, this would lead to misfortune. The army must be directed by an experienced leader. It is a matter of waging war, not of permitting the mob to slaughter all who fall into their hands; if they do, defeat will be the result, and despite all perseverance there is danger of misfortune. Limitations are troublesome, but they are effective. If we live economically in normal times, we are prepared for times of want. To be sparing saves us from humiliation. Limitations are also indispensable in the regulation of world conditions. In nature there are fixed limits for summer and winter, day and night, and these limits give the year its meaning. In the same way, economy, by setting fixed limits upon expenditures, acts to preserve property and prevent injury to the people.
But in limitation we must observe due measure. If a man should seek to impose galling limitations upon his own nature, it would be injurious. And if he should go too far in imposing limitations on others, they would rebel.
Therefore it is necessary to set limits even upon limitation. .

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