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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

Buick taillight


CHANGING LINE:

Hexagram Fifteen/Line Five


Six in the fifth place means:
No boasting of wealth before one's neighbour.
It is favourable to attack with force.
Nothing that would not further.

'1951 Buick Roadmaster' Painting by Ron Patterson


Modesty is not to be confused with weak good nature that lets things take their own course. When a man holds a responsible position, he must at times resort to energetic measures. In doing so he must not try to make an impression by boasting of his superiority but must make certain of the people around him. The measures taken should be purely objective and in no way personally offensive. Thus modesty manifests itself even in severity.



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