I Ching for dissident conservatives
My friend Jack Gillis thinks dissident conservatives shouldn’t try to form a big tent with the movement, and offers up this from the I Ching:
Hexagram 2, K’un, The Receptive Principle:
2. K’un – The Receptive
— — above K’un The Receptive, Earth
— — below K’un The Receptive, Earth
The Receptive brings about sublime success,
Furthering through the perseverance of a mare.
If the superior man undertakes something and tries to lead,
He goes astray;
But if he follows, he finds guidance.
It is favorable to find friends in the west and south,
To forego friends in the east and north.
Quiet perseverance brings good fortune.
The earth’s condition is receptive devotion.
Thus the superior man who has breadth of character
Carries the outer world.
Six at the beginning means:
When there is hoarfrost underfoot,
Solid ice is not far off.
() Six in the second place means:
Straight, square, great.
Yet nothing remains unfurthered.
Six in the third place means:
One is able to remain persevering.
If by chance you are in the service of a king,
Seek not works, but bring to completion.
Six in the fourth place means:
A tied-up sack. No blame, no praise.
Six in the fifth place means:
A yellow lower garment brings supreme good fortune.
Six at the top means:
Dragons fight in the meadow.
Their blood is black and yellow.
When all the lines are sixes, it means: Lasting perseverance furthers.
Richard Wilhelm writes, of the bold stanza above:
In the top place the dark element should yield to the light. If it attempts to
maintain a position to which it is not entitled and to rule instead of serving,
it draws down upon itself the anger of the strong. A struggle ensues in which
it is overthrown, with injury, however, to both sides. The dragon, symbol of
heaven, comes to fight the false dragon that symbolized the inflation of the
earth principle. Midnight blue is the color of heaven; yellow is the color of
earth. Therefore, when black and yellow blood flow, it is a sign that in this
unnatural contest both primal powers suffer injury.