Today: “The usual suspects are pressing forward to impose their agenda. Do not fall into their traps.” – from the I Ching

The usual suspects are pressing forward to impose their agenda.  It’s just the time that we are living in.  No immediate action is necessary, except to be aware of any hidden designs.  Do not fall into their traps.

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#23

The Superior Person will use this time of oppression to attend to the needs of those less fortunate.  Any action would be ill-timed.
Stand fast.
This pictures a time when inferior people are pushing forward and are about to crowd out the few remaining strong and superior men. Under these circumstances, which are due to the time, it is not favorable for the superior man to undertake anything.
The right behavior in such adverse times is to be deduced from the images and their attributes. The lower trigram stands for the earth, whose attributes are docility and devotion. The upper trigram stands for the mountain, whose attribute is stillness. This suggests that one should submit to the bad time and remain quiet. For it is a question not of man’s doing but of time conditions, which, according to the laws of heaven, show an alternation of increase and decrease, fullness and emptiness. It is impossible to counteract these conditions of the time. Hence it is not cowardice but wisdom to submit and avoid action.

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Tao Te Ching – Verse 21

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