Today: True fellowship must be based on concerns that are universal – from the I Ching

True fellowship must be based on concerns that are universal. It is not the private interests of individuals that create lasting fellowship, but rather the goals of humanity (see yesterday).  When personal or egotistical interests coming from the leadership dominate, the fellowship will be broken and factions will form that are in conflict with each other.  Though difficult, the constituents must inform the leadership of the error of their ways.  This will not be taken kindly, but with enough decorum and grace the message will get through and have an impact.

Read the text from Richard Wilhelm's translation of the I Ching
True fellowship among men must be based on a concern that is universal. It is not the private interests of the individual that create lasting fellowship among men, but rather the goals of humanity. That is why it is said that fellowship with men in the open succeeds. If unity of this kind prevails, even difficult and dangerous tasks, such as crossing the great water, can be accomplished. But in order to bring about this sort of fellowship, a persevering and enlightened leader is needed – a man with clear, convincing, and inspiring aims and the strength to carry them out.
There is danger here of formation of a separate faction on the basis of personal and egotistic interests. Such factions, which are exclusive and, instead of welcoming all men, must condemn one group in order to unite the others, originate from low motives and therefore lead in the course of time to humiliation.
The situation is really difficult. That which is strongest and that which is weakest are close together. The weak follows behind the strong and worries it. The strong, however, acquiesces and does not hurt the weak, because the contact is in good humor and harmless.
In terms of a human situation, one is handling wild, intractable people. In such a case one’s purpose will be achieved if one behaves with decorum. Pleasant manners succeed even with irritable people.
 

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