Wednesday, July 30, 2008

58. 兌 Tui / The Joyous, Lake CHANGE TO 4. 蒙 Mêng / Youthful Folly

58. Tui / The Joyous, LakeTui / The Joyous, Lake above TUI THE JOYOUS, LAKEbelow TUI THE JOYOUS, LAKEThis hexagram, like Sun, is one of the eight formed by doubling of a trigram. The trigram Tui denotes the youngest daughter; it is symbolized by the smiling lake, and its attribute is joyousness. Contrary to appearances, it is not the yielding quality of the top line that accounts for joy here. The attribute of the yielding or dark principle is not joy but melancholy. However, joy is indicated by the fact that there are two strong lines within, expressing themselves through the medium of gentleness.True joy, therefore, rests on firmness and strength within, manifesting itself outwardly as yielding and gentle.
4. Mêng / Youthful FollyMêng / Youthful Folly Above KÊN KEEPING STILL, MOUNTAINBelow K'AN THE ABYSMAL, WATERIn this hexagram we are reminded of youth and folly in two different ways. The image of the upper trigram, Kên, is the mountain, that of the lower, K'an, is water; the spring rising at the foot of the mountain is the image of inexperienced youth. Keeping still is the attribute of the upper trigram; that of the lower is the abyss, danger. Stopping in perplexity on the brink of a dangerous abyss is a symbol of the folly of youth. However, the two trigrams also show the way of overcoming the follies of youth. Water is something that of necessity flows on. When the spring gushes forth, it does not know at first where it will go. But its steady flow fills up the deep place blocking its progress, and success is attained.
Six at the beginning means:To make a fool developIt furthers one to apply discipline. The fetters should be removed. To go on in this way bring humiliation.Law is the beginning of education. Youth in its inexperience is inclined at first to take everything carelessly and playfully. It must be shown the seriousness of life. A certain measure of taking oneself in hand, brought about by strict discipline, is a good thing. He who plays with life never amounts to anything. However, discipline should not degenerate into drill. Continuous drill has a humiliating effect and cripples a man's powers.
Nine in the second place means:To bear with fools in kindliness brings good fortune. To know how to take womenBrings good fortune. The son is capable of taking charge of the household.These lines picture a man who has no external power, but who has enough strength of mind to bear his burden of responsibility. He has the inner superiority and that enable him to tolerate with kindliness the shortcomings of human folly. The same attitude is owed to women as the weaker sex. One must understand them and give them recognition in a spirit of chivalrous consideration. Only this combination of inner strength with outer reserve enables one to take on the responsibility of directing a larger social body with real success
Six in the third place means:Take not a maiden who, when she sees a man of bronze,Loses possession of herself. Nothing furthers.A weak, inexperienced man, struggling to rise, easily loses his own individuality when he slavishly imitates a strong personality of higher station. He is like a girl throwing herself away when she meets a strong man. Such a servile approach should not be encouraged, because it is bad both for the youth and the teacher. A girl owes it to her dignity to wait until she is wooed. In both cases it is undignified to offer oneself, and no good comes of accepting such an offer.
Nine at the top means:In punishing follyIt does not further oneTo commit transgressions. The only thing that furthers Is to prevent transgressions.Sometimes an incorrigible fool must be punished. He who will not heed will be made to feel. This punishment is quite different from a preliminary shaking up. But the penalty should not be imposed in anger; it must be restricted to an objective guarding against unjustified excesses. Punishment is never an end in itself but serves merely to restore order.This applies not only in regard to education but also in regard to the measures taken by a government against a populace guilty of transgressions. Governmental interference should always be merely preventive and should have as its sole aim the establishment of public security and peace.


This means good beginnings and to take the relationship slow for it to develop well...................

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