Thursday, July 14, 2005


According to Chinese symbolism, the juxtaposed elements of I Ching hexagram for "revolution" are fire under water: Fire evaporates water, and water puts out fire. Change often causes conflict; conflict brings about change.

It amuses me that people often attempt to effect revolutions, of any sort, without even the most basic acceptance of the dynamics involved.

In order to succeed, revolutions must be in alignment with certain immutable laws. They must begin at the right moment, gather support from a broad-base of people, be guided by sincere and capable leaders and - most important of all - must address a real need.

The strength of the forces of change will always be in proportion to the urgency of the need being championed. This is true whether the revolution is in government, in business, in education or in one's personal affairs.

And projection being what it is, what a colossal amount of energy people waste by a failure to fully examine the "needs" they think they are addressing. A complete and utter lack of effort expended looking for what, in them, causes them to see the external in the way that they do. A divorcing of perception from the process that I find almost unimaginable. You see what you see in the way that you see it -- be it lack, be it bounty, be it injustice, be it bliss -- *because* of the way that you see and the why's behind way. What can ever be accomplished by skipping the first critical step of understanding that fully?


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