The world is being overwhelmed by the spread of the virus. Immediate, drastic measures must be taken to mitigate the spread. Stagnation is imminent. The crux of the matter is this:
Nine in the third place means:
The ridgepole sags to the breaking point.
This indicates a type of man who in times of preponderance of the great insists on pushing ahead. He accepts no advice from others, and therefore they in turn are not willing to lend him support. Because of this the burden grows, until the structure of things bends or breaks. Plunging willfully ahead in times of danger only hastens the catastrophe.
See Today: March 29