Today: It is time to recognize the causes for corruption – from the I Ching

It is time to recognize the causes for corruption in our world and begin to repair the damage.  What has been going on for some time must be dealt with and corrected.  The danger has come to a point of crisis only because the concerted efforts of the few who created this situation were met generally with apathy.  That has to change.  While corruption is widespread, it can be remedied.
Rather than charging headlong into a reactionary course, the causes that are perpetuating the situation must be identified, discredited and neutralized.  Every new action must be considered deliberately and applied frugally in order to avoid new reaction.
What has gone before is no longer relevant.  Bringing to light the negative influences that have held the status quo will be sufficient.  They will discredit themselves, their influence will wane and the social organism will begin to begin to heal.

Read the text from Richard Wilhelm's translation of the I Ching
What has been spoiled through man’s fault can be made good again through man’s work.  
It is not immutable fate that has caused the state of corruption, but rather the abuse of human freedom.
We must first know the [specific] causes of corruption before we can do away with them; hence it is necessary to be cautious during the time before the start. Then we must see to it that the new way is safely entered on, so that a relapse may be avoided; therefore we must pay attention to the time after the start. Decisiveness and energy must take the place of inertia and indifference that have led to decay, in order that the ending may be followed by a new beginning.
Rigid adherence to tradition has resulted in decay. But the decay has not yet penetrated deeply and so can still be easily remedied. It is as if a son were compensating for the decay his father allowed to creep in. Then no blame attaches to the father. However, one must not overlook the danger or take the matter too lightly. Only if one is conscious of the danger connected with every reform will everything go well in the end.
Decrease does not under all circumstances mean something bad. Increase and decrease come in their own time. What matters here is to understand the time and not to try to cover up poverty with empty pretence. If a time of scanty resources brings out an inner truth, one must not feel ashamed of simplicity. For simplicity is then the very thing needed to provide inner strength for further undertakings.

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