Today: sinister forces are on the march, undermining all that is right and good – I Ching

It is a very unfavorable situation where sinister forces are on the march, undermining all that is right and good.  They only pose a threat if they are not recognized and resisted.  Ignoring them gives them the opportunity to gather strength so as to be unstoppable.  Use all measures to root out the evil that has taken hold due to apathy.  Do not fear revolution.  Not stepping up leads to death.

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

The weight of the great is excessive. The load is too heavy for the strength of the supports. The ridge-pole on which the whole roof rests, sags to the breaking point, because its supporting ends are too weak for the load they bear. It is an exceptional time and situation; therefore extraordinary measures are demanded. It is necessary to find a way of transition as quickly as possible, and to take action. This promises success. For although the strong element is in excess, it is in the middle, that is, at the centre of gravity, so that a revolution is not to be feared. Nothing is to be achieved by forcible measures. The problem must be solved by gentle penetration to the meaning of the situation (as is suggested by the attribute of the inner trigram, Sun); then the change-over to other conditions will be successful. It demands real superiority; therefore the time when the great preponderates is a momentous time.
Here is a situation in which the unusual has reached a climax. One is courageous and wishes to accomplish one’s task, no matter what happens. This leads into danger. The water rises over one’s head. This is the misfortune. But one incurs no blame in giving up one’s life that the good and the right may prevail. There are things that are more important than life.
The inferior thing seems so harmless and inviting that a man delights in it; it looks so small and weak that he imagines he may dally with it and come to no harm.
The inferior man rises only because the superior man does not regard him as dangerous and so lends him power. If he were resisted from the first, he could never gain influence.
It is an unfavourable and dangerous situation, and we must understand and promptly prevent the possible consequences.

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