23 - Falling Away

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Tone - Heart of the Matter:  02 - Responding

There are leaders, and there are those who follow.  Following a well-chosen leader, the follower does well.  Yet, one needs to be the master of one’s own nature.  It is important to be true to one’s self; then one can grow and nourish others.  It is important to choose friends wisely.  Like attracts like - this is who we tend to follow. 

Huang, The Complete  I Ching

23 - Falling Away:

In human society this suggests a time when there is a “process of declining, or the falling away of a social system or a moral standard.”  It is a time when the Foundation is Not Solid.  Weaker elements have “nibbled away” at the core, becoming "strong enough to cause the moral degeneration" of what had been the strength of the USA.  “When evil runs rampant, it is sure to affect what is good and correct.  In the course of history many great empires have decayed and fallen away.”  Often this occurs after experiencing a victory, and everyone becomes too lax in their discipline, with a decay in life following.  To turn the situation within the country around, it requires a central government that stands firm, and provides a positive influence by providing a positive change in the situation.  A new cycle then begins.  

Huang, The Complete  I Ching, 23 -Falling Away

THE LINE OF FOCUS - THE CHALLENGE:

Focus - Line 1: Decaying has begun.  This is the beginning of “falling away.”  "The floor underneath has eroded.  Evil encroaches upon the righteous.  The firm and correct are damaged.  Misfortune results.”

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Focus - Line 2:  "Evil forces are growing gradually and steadily.  If not stopped immediately, they become stronger.  In the end, they will cause one to fall away.”  It is a time of growing decay from the base up.  At this time, "there is a lack of wise teachers and helpful friends.”

I Ching Translation: Huang

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Focus - Line 5: This line represents a new situation.  The evil forces no longer cause decay to the upright.  On the contrary, they approach and show their submissiveness.  After darkness comes the dawn.  

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