Today: Recruiting allies – from the I Ching

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One cannot successfully seek justice alone.  It requires a collective, organized effort by people aligned in their needs and goals in order to oppose oppression, injustice and any threat to their wellbeing.  Recruiting allies in such an endeavor is like building an army.

The text reads:
“The military power of a people is invisibly present in the masses. When danger threatens, every peasant becomes a soldier; when the war ends, he goes back to his plow. He who is generous toward the people wins their love, and a people living under a mild rule becomes strong and powerful. Only a people economically strong can be important in military power. Such power must therefore be cultivated by improving the economic condition of the people and by humane government. Only when there is this invisible bond between government and people, so that the people are sheltered by their government as ground water is sheltered by the earth, is it possible to wage a victorious war.”

Whoever leads such an assembly must be one of them, in order to be trusted. The leader must share victories and defeats with those he leads.  There are no guarantees for a quick victory.  Quiet perseverance and patience will lead to success.

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