Sunday, March 20, 2005

On the second anniversary of the IRAQ INVASION

Good Morning!

My thoughts this weekend have been on the war in Iraq, particularly as this was the 2'nd anniversary of our invasion, and we are still occupying that hapless land, incuring more hatred and deaths all around.

When I consulted the I CHING on this, it Re-iterated 33"RETREAT"...just as it did when I asked about getting out of Iraq. (See posting on this, from 3/11/05)
It was as if it was saying, "I already spoke to you about this and what needs to be done!" .

The only changing line this time was the six in the second place, again, speaking of holding fast with yellow oxhide, picturing "perseverance of Inferior "
people, it is likened in the commentary to Jacob wrestling with the Angel of Peniel, "I will not let thee go except thou bless me".
We want to "Finnish the Job" there and not leave without being called a success, and having "won" despite the havoc and destruction we have caused. Perseverance of an inferior element is thus understandable, though not ultimately the right course if it impedes the desired goal of withdrawal.
This one changing line now brings us
# 44, "Coming to Meet"
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which pictures a time when the dark, weak element advances to meet the light, strong one. "When there is hoarfrost underfoot, solid ice is not far off" .
Hence, this gradual expansion must be checked in time, for the way of inferior people increases only because superior men entrust them with power. The superior man always stays where he belongs; the inferior man has to depend on lucky chance..The judgement:
"Coming to MEET. The maiden is powerful.
One should not marry such a maiden"
("The rise of the inferior element is pictured here in the image of a bold girl that lightly surrenderes herself and thus siezes power; the superior man does not regard her as dangerous, and so lends her this power.If she were resisted from the first, she could never gain influence.While it is necessary for elements predestined to be joined and mutually dependant to come to meet each other halfway, this coming together must be free of ulterior motives, otherwise, harm will result."
The Image:
"Under heaven, wind:
The image of coming to meet.
Thus does the prince act when disseminating his commands
And proclaiming them to the four quarters of heaven"
(Wind blowing from above symbolizes the influence exercised by the ruler through his commands. The ruler is FAR from his people but sets them in motion by means of his commands and decrees.)
Then come several warnings:

"It must be checked with a brake of bronze .
If one lets it take its course, one experiences Misfortune.
Even a lean pig has it in him to rage around"
(If an inferior element has wormed its way in, it must be energetically checked at once. There is the temptation to Under-rate it. A pig that is still young and lean cannot rage around much, but after it has eaten its fill and become strong, its true nature will come out.")
It also warns that "Care must be taken not to let the inferior element come in contact with "Guests", meaning those farther away, because once free it would unfold its evil aspects unchecked.
If we gain clear insight into the danger of the situation, we shall at least avoid more serious mistakes" (Like going on to invade Iran and Syria!?)
More on this topic later, I'm sure!
Your Faithful Reader,
Mme. Zaratamara


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