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

Hexagram 18
Ku - Work on What Has Been Spoiled [Decay]

yin above: Kên / Keeping Still, Mountain
yang below: Sun / The Gentle, Wind

Napoleon Bonaparte


Hexagram Eighteen/Line Six

Nine at the top means:
He does not serve kings and princes,
Sets himself higher goals.

Entry of Napoleon into Berlin, October 27, 1806 - Charles Meynier, 1810

Not every man has an obligation to mingle in the affairs of the world. There are some who are developed to such a degree that they are justified in letting the world go its own way and in refusing to enter public life with a view to reforming it. But this does not imply a right to remain idle or to sit back and merely criticise. Such withdrawal is justified only when we strive to realize in ourselves the higher aims of mankind. For although the sage remains distant from the turmoil of daily life, he creates incomparable human values for the future.1

1. Goethe's attitude after the Napoleonic wars is an example of this in European history.

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