Today: Compromise but don’t be compromised – I Ching

When all order is turned on its head, it’s largely due to confusion among and between those in charge and who are led by them.  Followers tend to follow blindly.  Seeing this, you cannot force the issue.  They will only be moved by someone whose authority they recognize.  In this case, the solution resolved either by clearing the confusion replacing the leaders.  Only by holding to your principles with inner strength and outward clarity will you exert any influence in the matter.  It’s not that you shouldn’t compromise.  Just don’t be compromised.

Read the text from Richard Wilhelm's translation of the I Ching

Heaven and earth are out of communion and all things are benumbed. What is above has no relation to what is below, and on earth confusion and disorder prevail. The dark power is within, the light power is without. Weakness is within, harshness without. Within are the inferior, and without are the superior. The way of inferior people is in ascent; the way of superior people is on the decline. But the superior people do not allow themselves to be turned from their principles. If the possibility of exerting influence is closed to them, they nevertheless remain faithful to their principles and withdraw into seclusion.
Inferior people are ready to flatter their superiors in a servile way. They would also endure the superior man if he would put an end to their confusion. This is fortunate for them. But the great man calmly bears the consequences of the standstill. He does not mingle with the crowd of the inferior; that is not his place. By his willingness to suffer personally he insures the success of his fundamental principles.
CONFLICT DEVELOPS when one feels himself to be in the right and runs into opposition. If one is not convinced of being in the right, opposition leads to craftiness or high-handed encroachment but not to open conflict.
If a man is entangled in a conflict, his only salvation lies in being so clear- headed and inwardly strong that he is always ready to come to terms by meeting the opponent halfway. To carry on the conflict to the bitter end has evil effects even when one is the right, because the enmity is then perpetuated. It is important to see the great man, that is, an impartial man whose authority is great enough to terminate the conflict amicably or assure a just decision. In times of strife, crossing the great water is to be avoided, that is, dangerous enterprises are not to be begun, because in order to be successful they require concerted unity of focus. Conflict within weakens the power to conquer danger without.

Meditation
Previous readings
Today: I Ching

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.