The Man of Many Qualities: A Legacy of the I Ching - R.G.H. Siu

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    Preface
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    For centuries, the I Ching has served as a principal guide in China on how to govern a country, organize an enterprise, deal with people, conduct oneself under difficult conditions, and contemplate the future. It has been studied carefully by philosophers like Confucius and men of the world like Mao Tse-tung. Confucius expressed his deep respect by asking the rhetorical question "Is the I not the perfect book?"
    In 1143 B.C., King Wen had divided the working man's life into sixty-four human situations, His son, the Duke of Chou, dissected each of them into six typical events of evolving behavior. Cryptic statements were provided concerning the conditions at hand, the tendencies of people in general, and the recommended courses of action under the circumstances. During the ensuing 1500 years numerous volumes of commentaries were written on the interpretations of the basic texts. I have attempted to adapt and encapsulate the observations and advice for the modern reader. Excerpts from world literature have been added to illustrate the more significant nuances. In all, about 700 quotations by over 650 authors from nearly 60 countries over a period of 6000 years have been used. These selections should, incidentally, also be enjoyable in their own literary right and offer many hours of pleasurable musings. According to the I Ching, the sixty-four situations represent all that a person needs to know about his neighbors and himself to achieve success and tranquillity. They constitute a commonsensical framework for day-to-day living, competing, and letting live.
    The ultimate purpose of the I Ching, however, goes far beyond practical attainments in the competitive world. To achieve this goal, a different orientation is required. The sixty-four situations and responses are no longer regarded as fixed psychological standards of human behavior. Instead, they are intuitively sensed as ever changing transients in the kaleidoscope of living. Nothing is constant, yet nothing secedes from the whole. There is a time and place for the "one-upmanship" of the tycoon, the "sonomama" of the Buddhist, and the "doing-your-thing" of the hippie. One's actions of the instant are but notes emitted from his ineffable harmony with the totality of nature. This being the case, they cannot help but be ever timely and proper. The man of affairs has become a sage.

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