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The original Richard Wilhelm translation for the hexagram line...

Hexagram 6
Sung - Conflict

yang above: Ch'ien / The Creative, Heaven
yang below: K'an / The Abysmal, Water
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Hexagram Six/Line Two

Nine in the second place means:
One cannot engage in conflict;
One returns home, gives way.
The people of his town,
Three hundred households,
Remain free of guilt.

'The Intervention of the Sabine Women' - Jacques-Louis David

In a struggle with an enemy of superior strength, retreat is no disgrace. Timely withdrawal prevents bad consequences. If, out of a false sense of honour, a man allowed himself to be tempted into an unequal conflict, he would be drawing down disaster upon himself. In such a case a wise and conciliatory attitude benefits the whole community, which will then not be drawn into the conflict.

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