Today: House of cards again- from the I Ching

yinyang02paperSimilar to yesterday.  The situation has arrived at a precarious balance.  The house of cards will inevitably collapse.

Recent victories have been won by usurpers at the expense of those below them.  However, their Achilles heal is that they will not listen, no matter what, to the sage advice of those who know better.  Pushing forward at all costs will be fraught with obstacles that cannot be overcome. Where caution and vigilance are required, they recklessly ignore the signs of opposition and decay.  Through perseverance, sustained opposition will win the day.

The text reads:
…signifies on the one hand a break-through after a long accumulation of tension, as a swollen river breaks through its dikes, or in the manner of a cloudburst. On the other hand, applied to human conditions, it refers to the time when inferior people gradually begin to disappear. Their influence is on the wane; as a result of resolute action, a change in conditions occurs, a break-through.
“Here a man is suffering from inner restlessness and cannot abide in his place. He would like to push forward under any circumstances, but encounters insuperable obstacles. Thus his situation entails an inner conflict. This is due to the obstinacy with which he seeks to enforce his will. If he would desist from this obstinacy, everything would go well. But this advice, like so much other good counsel, will be ignored. For obstinacy makes a man unable to hear, for all that he has ears.
“The transition from the old to the new time is already accomplished. In principle, everything stands systematized, and it is only in regard to details that success is still to be achieved. In respect to this, however, we must be careful to maintain the right attitude. Everything proceeds as if of its own accord, and this can all too easily tempt us to relax and let things take their course without troubling over details. Such indifference is the root of all evil. Symptoms of decay are bound to be the result. Here we have the rule indicating the usual course of history. But this rule is not an inescapable law. He who understands it is in position to avoid its effects by dint of unremitting perseverance and caution.”

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