Today: Shock and awe and mindful purpose – from the I Ching

yinyang02paperShock reverberates far and wide.  People react in terror.  Those are external effects.  The proper internal response is to be  filled with reverence at the manifestation of God.  Nonreactive.  Then you are not touched by the calamities happening around you and you can relate with any situation with clarity and effective purpose.

The text reads:
“When inner shock is at its height, it robs a man of reflection and clarity of vision. In such a state of shock it is of course impossible to act with presence of mind. Then the right thing is to keep still until composure and clarity are restored. But this a man can do only when he himself is not yet infected by the agitation, although its disastrous effects are already visible in those around him. If he withdraws from the affair in time, he remains free of mistakes and injury. But his comrades, who no longer heed any warning, will in their excitement certainly be displeased with him. However, he must not take this into account.”

Not reacting allows the clarity to assess the situation correctly.  There are laws and other precedents that should be invoked to address the transgressions.  It is the viability of the law itself that is at stake here.  These responses should be pursued firmly and vigorously with unwavering tenacity.

The text reads:
“When an obstacle to union arises, energetic biting through brings success. This is true in all situations. Whenever unity cannot be established, the obstruction is due to a talebearer and traitor who is interfering and blocking the way. To prevent permanent injury, vigorous measures must be taken at once. Deliberate obstruction of this sort does not vanish of its own accord. Judgement and punishment are required to deter or obviate it.
However, it is important to proceed in the right way…Unqualified hardness and excitement would be too violent in meting out punishment; unqualified clarity and gentleness would be too weak. The two together create the just measure. It is of moment that the man who makes the decisions is gentle by nature, while he commands respect by his conduct in his position.
“Penalties are the individual applications of the law. The laws specify the penalties. Clarity prevails when mild and severe penalties are clearly differentiated, according to the nature of the crimes. This is symbolized by the clarity of lightning. The law is strengthened by a just application of penalties. This is symbolized by the terror of thunder. This clarity and severity have the effect of instilling respect; it is not that the penalties are ends in themselves. The obstructions in the social life of man increase when there is lack of clarity in the penal codes and slackness in executing them. The only way to strengthen the law is to make it clear and to make penalties certain and swift.

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