Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Asking for and about George W. Bush

Today I was beginning to fix my mind on Global Warming, requested by a visitor, and almost turned off the TV when I saw that Bush's press conferance was beginning. Since I feel he's badly in need of monitoring, I put the I Ching aside and watched, as tortuous as it usually is discerning the the truth amid the jingoistic platitudes. Afterwards, I felt that I simply HAD to ask the Great Book to speak about (and TO) our "President", especially since the Oracle was initially intended as guidance for rulers. (There is no question in my mind what the I Ching thinks of our Illustrous Leader, and it follows with some stern advice on War.)
The Hexagram that came up was:
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#62, Preponderance of the Small (Thunder above, arousing talk, and below is Mountain, keeping still, secrecy)
"When strong elements within preponderate, they nescessarily enforce their will. This creates struggle and exceptional conditions in general. But in the present hexagram it is the weak element that perforce must mediate with the outside world. If a man occupies a position of authority for which he is by nature really inadequate (!) extraordinary prudence is necessary." say the notes.
The Judgement says:
"Preponderance of the Small. Success.
Perseverance furthers.
Small things may be done;
Great things should NOT be done.
The flying bird brings the message:
It is not well to strive upward, it is well to remain below.(then there is) Great good fortune."

(it signifies a time where a transition must be made, but without going too far)
"Thunder on the mountain:The image of Preponderance of the Small.
Thus in his conduct the superior man gives preponderance to reverence.
In bereavement he gives preponderance to grief.
In his expenditures he gives preponderance to thrift"

(Hmm, obviously that's not our guy!)
Now, the three changing Lines:
>Six in the second place means:
"She passes by her ancestor
And meets her ancestress.
He does not reach his princeand meets the official.
No blame.""
This represents an official who does not surpass the yielding prince, because he himself is yielding in nature. In the nine in the third place he meets with an official with whom he is united through the relationship of holding together." (Prince Cheney?)
>Nine in the Third says:
"If one is not extremely careful,
Somebody may come up from behind and strike him.
Misfortune!" (Hmmmmm)
>Nine in the Fourth place says:
"No blame. He meets him without passing by."
(the place is not the appropriate one.It is the place of the minister)
"Going brings danger. One must be on guard.
Do not act. be constantly persevering."
(the line is too readily inclined to be drawn into excessive movement, which would be dangerous. Hence, the warning against action, the book explains.) Makes sense to me. All his "actions" have been pretty disastrous so far!
Now the hexagram Changes to:
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#7 The Army (!Got HIS number, didn't it? Quite a lecture here for GW on this topic, so I'll go through the whole sequence)
The Judgement:
"The ARMY. The army needs perseverance And a strong man.
Good fortune without blame.How could this be a mistake?"

Then it explains just how, warning:
"..war is always a dangerous thing and brings with it destruction and devastation.Therefore, it should not be resorted to rashly but, like a poisonous drug, should be used as a last recourse.
The justifying cause of a war, and clear and intelligible war aims, ought to be explained to the people by an experienced leader. (as opposed to someone who was deferred and shirked his combat duty?)
Unless there is a definate war aim to which the people can consciously pledge themselves, the unity and conviction that lead to victory will not be forthcoming. (even so,) the leader must also look to it that the passion of war and delirium of victory do not give rise to unjust acts that will not meet with general approval. (like torturing prisoners) If justice and perseverance are the basis of action, there is no blame and all goes well." (we KNOW where it has gone instead!)
the Image:
"In the middle of the Earth is water: the image of the Army.
Thus the superior man increases his masses
by generosity toward the people."
( well, his rich "base", anyway...)and goes on to explain,
"Ground water, invisibly present within the earth, is like military power invisibly present in the masses, to be drawn up in defence in time of need (see also, reference to The Well in my introduction.)
He who is generous toward the people wins their love, and a people living under a mild rule becomes strong and powerful. Only a people economically strong can be an important military power. Such power must therefore be cultivated by improving the economic condition of the people and by humane government.
Only when there is this invisible bond between government and people, so that the people are sheltered by their government as groundwater is sheltered by the earth, is it possible to wage a victorious war."
Since we are almost at the anniversary of the Invasion of Iraq, and since war is such a pre-occupation of this "Leader", I will read all six lines in progression. (I will even send GW a copy.)
>Six at the beginning means:
"An army must set forth in proper order.
If the order is not good, misfortune threatens."
and notes,"Joyousness is not the proper frame of mind for the onset of a war. A just and valid cause must exist, and the obedience and co-ordination of the troops must be well organized, otherwise the result is inevitably failure."
>Nine in the second place means:
"In the midst of the Army.
Good fortune. No blame.
The King bestows a triple decoration."

and explains: "The leader should be in the midst of his army, in touch with it, sharing good and bad with the masses he leads. This alone makes him equal to the heavy demands made upon him."
>Six in the third place means:
" Perchance the army carries corpses in the wagon.
Misfortune." This suggests defeat.
>Six in the fourth place means:
" The army retreats.
No blame."
It explains, "In the face of a superior enemy, with whom it would be hopeless to engage in battle (The broader Iraqui "Insurgency", being those battling our occupation for their sovereignty) an orderly retreat is the only correct procedure, because it will save the army from defeat and disintegration. It is by no means a sign of courage or strength to insist upon engaging in a hopeless struggle regardless of circumstances"
(see the post where Retreat is discussed when I asked about Iraq.)
>Six in the fifth place means:
" There is game in the field.
It furthers one to catch it.
Without blame.
Let the eldest lead the army.
The younger transports corpses; (thus the right man is not put in charge)
Then perseverance brings misfortune"

Interpretation is, "This points to an enemy invasion. Energetic combat and punishment are here thoroughly justified, but they must not degenerate into a wild melee in which everyone fends for himself; this would lead to misfortune.The army must be directed by an experienced leader. It is a matter of waging war, not of permitting the mob to slaughter all who fall into their hands; if they do, defeat will be the result, and despite all perseverance there is danger of misfortune."
>Finally, the six at the top means:
"The great prince issues commands,founds states, vests families with fiefs.
Inferior people should not be employed."

"The war -as qualified in the fifth line- has ended successfully, and the king divides estates and fiefs among his faithful vassals. But it is important that inferior people should not come to power. If they have helped, let them be paid off with money, but they should not be awarded lands or the priveledges of rulers, lest power be abused."
Nuff said. (Comments are welcome)Your Faithful Reader, Mme.Zaratamara


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