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家人

Hexagram 37
Chia Jên - The Family [The Clan]

yang
yang above: Sun / The Gentle, Wind
yin
yang
yin below: Li / The Clinging, Fire
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Hexagram Thirty-Seven/Line Three


Nine in the third place means:
When tempers flare up in the family,
Too great severity brings remorse.
Good fortune nonetheless.
When woman and child dally and laugh
It leads in the end to humiliation.

'Woman and Child' - Jean Laurent Mosnier


In the family the proper mean between severity and indulgence ought to prevail. Too great severity toward one's own flesh and blood leads to remorse. The wise thing is to build strong dikes within which complete freedom of movement is allowed each individual. But in doubtful instances too great severity, despite occasional mistakes, is preferable, because it preserves discipline in the family, whereas too great weakness leads to disgrace.



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