Today: “The first steps to dissolving tribalism are…” – from the I Ching

The first steps to dissolving tribalism are to meet with a kindred spirit of another tribe and then to begin to understand the psyche of the other.  That understanding must come from an inward examination of the self, which can then be extended outward.

Read the text from Richard Wilhelm's and subsequent translations of the I Ching

#38 Line 5, #61

No matter how large or diverse the group, the Superior Person remains uniquely himself.  Small accomplishments are possible.
You are working at cross-purposes with another.  The distance between you is very wide.  The gap can be closed, however, with no compromise of your integrity.  You are not adversaries in this case — just two persons addressing individual needs.
Coming upon a sincere man, one fails to recognize 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.
The subject of this hexagram discovers a key to Tranquility by first gaining insight into his own nature, then turning that vision outward.
By resolving inner conflicts and being at peace with himself, he learns to gain insight into others.  In effect, he enters another, sees with the other’s eyes, listens with the other’s ears, feels with the other’s heart.  He then returns to his own center, with new perspective and understanding.

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Tao Te Ching – Verse 17

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