Arguing (6)


The Judgement

CONFLICT.  You are sincere
And are being obstructed.
A cautious halt halfway brings good fortune.
Going through to the end brings misfortune.
It furthers one to see the great man.
It does not further one to cross the great water.

The Image

Heaven and water go their opposite ways:
The image of CONFLICT.
Thus in all his transactions the superior man
Carefully considers the beginning.

Line Poems

  • 6 - Even if by chance a leather belt is bestowed on one, By the end of a morning It will have been snatched away three times.
  • 5 - To contend before him Brings supreme good fortune.
  • 4 - One cannot engage in conflict. One turns back and submits to fate, Changes one’s attitude, And finds peace in perseverance. Good fortune.
  • 3 - To nourish oneself on ancient virtue induces perseverance. Danger.  In the end, good fortune comes. If by chance you are in the service of a king, Seek not works.
  • 2 - One cannot engage in conflict; One returns home, gives way. The people of his town, Three hundred households, Remain free of guilt.
  • 1 - If one does not perpetuate the affair, There is a little gossip. In the end, good fortune comes.


The upper trigram, whose image is heaven, has an upward movement; the lower trigram, water, in accordance with its nature, tends downward. 
Thus the two halves move away from each other, giving rise to the idea of conflict.

The attribute of the Creative is strength, that of the Abysmal is danger, guile. 
Where cunning has force before it, there is conflict.

A third indication of conflict, in terms of character, is presented by the combination of deep cunning within and fixed determination outwardly. 
A person of this character will certainly be quarrelsome.
Code Incarnate