Today: In a time of great opposition, someone will come through – from the I Ching

In a time of great opposition, someone will come through to breach the divide, perhaps in a small way, revealing true character.  It is there for all to see the thinly veiled pretense that has held the separation.  What was the big deal?  What is required to promote and sustain that awakening is a return to innocence.   Simply see what the situation requires, and do the right thing.  Originally, everyone knows what that is, though judgement becomes clouded by  fear, greed, lust for power, rivalry and tribalism.  Those are the things that we have to lose, as opposed to everything.

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

When people live in opposition and estrangement they cannot carry out a great undertaking in common; their points of view diverge too widely. In such circumstances one should above all not proceed brusquely, for that would only increase the existing opposition; instead, one should limit oneself to producing gradual effects in small matters. Here success can still be expected, because the situation is such that the opposition does not preclude all agreement.
In general, opposition appears as an obstruction, but when it represents polarity within a comprehensive whole, it has also its useful and important functions. The oppositions of heaven and earth, spirit and nature, man and woman, when reconciled, bring about the creation and reproduction of life. In the world of visible things, the principle of opposites makes possible the differentiation by categories through which order is brought into the world.
Coming upon a sincere man, one fails to recognise him at first because of the general estrangement. However, he bites his way through the wrappings that are causing the separation. When such a companion thus reveals himself in his true character, it is one’s duty to go to meet him and to work with him.
Man has received from heaven a nature innately good, to guide him in all his movements. By devotion to this divine spirit within himself, he attains an unsullied innocence that leads him to do right with instinctive sureness and without any ulterior thought of reward and personal advantage. This instinctive certainty brings about supreme success and “furthers through perseverance”. However, not everything instinctive is nature in this higher sense of the word, but only that which is right and in accord with the will of heaven. Without this quality of rightness, an unreflecting, instinctive way of acting brings only misfortune. Confucius says about this:
“He who departs from innocence, what does he come to? Heaven’s will and blessing do not go with his deeds.”


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