Today: We have full on social and moral stagnation – I Ching

We have full on social and moral stagnation due to the illegitimate ascent of immoral and self-serving people to positions of power.  The bad news is that they will continue to follow their compulsion to serve and implement their pernicious agenda as long as it is allowed and until it is convenient to their self interest to change course.   The good news is that they are feeling some shame.   That bodes well for the long term.  But, nothing will come of it until the time is right for a change.  Righteous people can only stand by and witness the decay and destruction until the tides of the time change, when they can again exert influence and resolve never to let it happen again.  In the meantime, they must be content to remain sane and let the flow of the time take its course.

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

Heaven and earth are out of communion and all things are benumbed. What is above has no relation to what is below, and on earth confusion and disorder prevail. The dark power is within, the light power is without. Weakness is within, harshness without. Within are the inferior, and without are the superior. The way of inferior people is in ascent; the way of superior people is on the decline. But the superior people do not allow themselves to be turned from their principles. If the possibility of exerting influence is closed to them, they nevertheless remain faithful to their principles and withdraw into seclusion.
Inferior people who have risen to power illegitimately do not feel equal to the responsibility they have taken upon themselves. In their hearts they begin to be ashamed, although at first they do not show it outwardly. This marks a turn for the better.
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.

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