Friday, March 11, 2005

On Social Security

Good Morning!
Today I will ask the I Ching to speak to us about the Social Security issue. The Hexagram derived from my coin tosses is:
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#15, MODESTY

The Judgement says:
"Modesty creates Success.
Thus the superior man carries things through" (as in "Don't mess with it)

The Commentary says,
"Modesty creates success, for it is the way of heaven to shed its influence downward and to create light and radiance. It is the way of earth to be lowly and go upward.It is the way of heaven to make empty what is full and give increase to what is modest. (thus)Modesty that is honored spreads radiance; Modesty that is lowly cannot be ignored. This is the end attained by the Superior Man."
The IMAGE:
"Within the earth, a mountain:the image of Modesty.
Thus, the superior man reduces that which is too much,and augments that which is too little.
He weighs things and makes them equal"
(pretty good picture of what Social Security is supposed to do, isn't it?)
It goes on to say,
" The wealth of the earth, in which a mountain is hidden is not visable to the eye, because the depths are offset by the height of the mountain. Thus high and low compliment each other, and the result is the plain. (the "level playing field idealized, until recently, it seems, as the Great Society). Here, an effect that has taken a long time to achieve, but that in the end seems easy of accomplishment and self-evident, is used as the image of modesty.
The Superior Man does the same thing when he establishes order in the world; he equalizes the extremes that are the source of social discontent and thereby creates just and equitable conditions."
(George Bush, of course, seeks to do just the OPPOSITE, as evidenced by his actions favoring the rich, of which his Social Security privatization scheme is one.)

Now the "Changing " lines:
>Six in the beginning means
"A superior man modest about his modesty
May cross the great water(he is lowly in order to guard himself well)
Good fortune"
The meaning here is that Modesty in a lowly place cannot be ignored(the People)and even dangerous enterprises, such as crossing the great water, can be accomplished if done in the simplest most straight-forward way.(the way SS was always supposed to work)
>Six in the fourth place means:"Nothing that would not further modesty in movement. He (the superior man) does not overstep the rule"( of course, GW is NOT a modest man, and would wish to once again "overstep the rule" in his arrogance)

This hexagram then Changes to #55, Abundance
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"Abundance has success.
The King attains abundance.
Be not sad.
Be like the sun at midday"

( Midday suggests that this extraordinary condition of abundance is usually brief)
"There is only one means of making foundations firm in times of greatness, namely, spiritual expansion. Abundance can only endure if ever larger groups are brought to share in it, for only then can the movement continue without turning into its opposite".. and, very interestingly, goes on to recommend,in the IMAGE
"Both thunder and lightning come:The image of Abundance.
Thus, the Superior Man decides lawsuits And carries out punishments." and explains:
"The trigrams Li, light and clarity, and Chen, shock, terror, give the prerequisites for a clearing of the atmosphere by the thunderstorm of a criminal trial.Clarity within makes it possible to investigate the facts exactly, and shock without ensures a strict and precise carrying out of punishment."
This says to me, that we must clarify the facts, and a due punishment -and rejection of Bush's plan- will ensue. This already appears to be happening, as Bush's Privatization scheme is being widely exposed and rejected, even by his own party members.
(Now, if we can just get some more clarity on 9/11, perhaps we can mete out the justice so long overdue where this "king" is concerned!)
Your humble reader, Mme.Zaratamara

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