Today: Hold fast to your principles without public display – I Ching

Due to the negative and disruptive influence of public figures acting in bad faith, it is wise to hold to your principles.  Hold your intentions close without public display.  Don’t stick your neck out while there is someone waiting to chop it off.  Do not assent to nor join in the meanness of others.  Do not be tempted by offers of personal gain.  Hold fast.

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.
When, owing to the influence of inferior men, mutual mistrust prevails in public life, fruitful activity is rendered impossible, because the fundaments are wrong. Therefore the superior man knows what he must do under such circumstances; he does not allow himself to be tempted by dazzling offers to take part in public activities. This would only expose him to danger, since he cannot assent to the meanness of the others. He therefore hides his worth and withdraws into seclusion.

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