The barbarians are at the gate. Be still and do everything you can to protect yourself from them. These are people who would harm you in insidious ways. Contract your sphere of engagement and lie low.
Caution: “The power of the inferior people is growing. The danger draws close to one’s person; already there are clear indications, and rest is disturbed. Moreover, in this dangerous situation one is as yet without help or friendly advances from above or below. Extreme caution is necessary in this isolation. One must adjust to the time and promptly avoid the danger. Stubborn perseverance in maintaining one’s standpoint would lead to downfall.”
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