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I Ching
by Martin Burke

The Army

receptive earth and abysmal water

the army needs true leadership
good fortune without blame

there is water in the earth-
this is the army
the superior man gives
and all that he gives returns to him

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if the order is good -good fortune follows
if not, misfortune

good fortune, no blame
the king gives decoration

yet what does the army carry in the wagon
misfortune

retreat -yet no blame

when order is reversed there will be misfortune

the king gives his commands
and the state is well ordered
mediocrity should not be employed

 

Copyright 2008 by Martin Burke


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