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Hexagram 15
Ch'ien - Modesty

yin
yin above: K'un / The Receptive, Earth
yin
yang
yin below: Kên / Keeping Still, Mountain
yin
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CHANGING LINE:

Hexagram Fifteen/Line Four


Six in the fourth place means:
Nothing that would not further modesty
In movement.

'Girl Braiding Her Hair' (Suzanne Valadon) - Pierre Auguste Renoir


Everything has its proper measure. Even modesty in behaviour can be carried too far. Here, however, it is appropriate, because the place between a worthy helper below and a kindly ruler above carries great responsibility. The confidence of the man in a superior place must not be abused nor the merits of the man in an inferior place concealed. There are officials who indeed do not strive for prominence; they hide behind the letter of the ordinances, decline all responsibility, accept pay without giving its equivalent in work, and bear empty titles. This is the opposite of what is meant here by modesty. In such a position, modesty is shown by interest in one's work.



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