The Spiral Ladder

Climb over the Wall

A Little Guidance From a Long Time Ago


from the I-Ching

43 Kuai (Breakthrough/Resoluteness)

In resolute struggle of the good against evil, there are definite rules that must not be disregarded, if it is to succeed.

  1. Resolution must be based on a union of strength and friendliness.
  2. A compromise with evil is not possible; evil under all circumstances must be openly discredited. Nor must our own shortcomings or passions be glossed over.
  3. The struggle must not be carried on directly by force. If evil is branded, it thinks of weapons, and if we do it the favour of fighting with it blow for blow, we lose in the end because thus we ourselves get entangled in hatred and passion. Therefore it is important to begin at home, to be on guard in our own persons against the faults we have branded. In this way, finding no opponent, the sharp edges of the weapons of evil become dulled. For the same reasons we should not combat our own faults directly. As long as we wrestle with them, they continue victorious.
  4. The best way to fight is to make energetic progress in the good.
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