Casting the future of Docudharma remains …

(Hmm… Even I have a little trouble figuring this out.  I much prefer the entrails of goats. – promoted by ek hornbeck)

… impossible. Whether this is dangling copper fingers in the stream … or just random reframing to nudge our thinking into possibilities that are regular habits of thought obscure … well, its not that crucial a question to me.

First line: divided line

Second line: moving solid line

Third line: divided line

Fourth line: divided line

Fifth line: solid line

Sixth line: moving divided line

Ah, I love symmetry, and this is doubly symmetric … it is both symmetric around the middle, and consists of two identical symmetric trigrams.

29. Abyss

Getting accustomed to the abyss.

Have confidence and hold on to your heart.

For progress, taking action has value.

A situation that is unfamiliar and dangerous, that one needs to get into and get accustomed to. Have confidence, and keep in touch with your feelings. Feeling fear is natural in this situation. Taking action is needed in order to have progress.

Line 2:

The abyss has a defile.

Seek small gains.

There is only little maneuverability in this situation. It is safer to not try to achieve too much.

Line 6:

Tied with a good rope,

placed in thorn bushes.

For three years no gains.


Something is bound to an inaccessible place, so that it cannot be of advantage for a long time. Things don’t go well.

20. Examining


Washed, but not offered.

There is confidence in discretion.

Examining what is there, without doing anything. This cautious and unrevealing attitude makes confidence possible.

(This is about a sacrificial offering, where the ritual consists of a washing and an offering.)

Not, it would seem, a reading offering easy or quick gains. And the question?The question was, what leverage can Docudharma best exert on the campaign.

The Abyss, also known as the Gorge or Repeated Entrapment, evolving into Viewing, also known as Contemplation.

One line of the evolution says there is little room for maneuver, and the other that something is bound where it is not readily attainable. Small gains at best combined with misfortune.

Wow, a cheery soul, this I Ching. Maybe the Tao Teh Ching will give a deeper reading.

81 tales in the Tao Teh Ching, 3 times 3 times 3 times 3. So, four coins thrown in order with all tails being the Tao that cannot be spoken gives 1-5, 6-10, 11-15 for each base 3 digit.

: 1

THTH: 12= +2*1

HTTT: 1= +0*3

THHH: 14= +2*9

HHHH: 15= +2*27

1+2+18+54= 75


The people starve when taxes take

The bulk of what they earn

When leaders interfere too much

They get rebellion in return

The people do not fear to die

If leaders rob them of their lives

But taking no more than you need

You see that everybody thrive

Given all of our layers of government, it is obvious that the increasing tax burden is coming from the feudal multitudes of private corporate governments of what products will be made available by what means of production to what people earning what incomes and living in what neighborhoods, getting around how in our day to day lives.

The countervailing power of people’s hard won right to turf out one set of political elites in favor of another has been tied to the thornbush of money politics ensuring that whichever political party is in power, the Corporate Party remains in power, shuffling places between its radical reactionary wing and its moderate wing, and making much of small differences as the nation rushes headlong into an experiment with terraforming without let or hindrance.

But Corporations know no ultimate moderation … they may moderate their means, for tactical or strategic reasons, but they are by design immoderate in their sole end, which is to live forever and grow forever.

And so, inevitably, will come the day when once again Wealth will fall unless saved from the toxic effects of concentration of wealth.

Much to contemplate on, indeed.

John Henry told his captain,

“Lord, man ain’t nothin’ but a man

Before I let that steam drill beat me down

I’m gonna die with a hammer in my hand, Lord, Lord

Die with a hammer in my hand”

It’s fare thee well my old lover

I never expect to see you again

For I’m bound to ride that northern railroad

Perhaps I’ll die upon this train.

And daddy, won’t you take be back to Muhlenberg County

Down by the Green river where Paradise lay

Well I’m sorry my son, but you’re too late in asking

Mr. Peabody’s coal train has hauled it away.


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  1. … and throwing copper pennies is not going to leverage that very much.

    OTOH, the pennies were sitting there near the computer through most of Revolutionary Girl Utana, one of the top three must-watch yuri anime according to Yuricon, so you never know … they may have soaked up a little bit of power to change the world.

    • kj on July 6, 2008 at 18:12

    be sure to read Donna Z’s comment in:

    Final Salute by: jimstaro Sat Jul 05, 2008

    and this blast of creative energy in:

    “Changing Us”  by: jimstaro Sun Jul 06, 2008…  

    and some words to provide direction in:

    May you live in interesting times by: NLinStPaul Sun Jul 06, 2008

    It is a good day. 🙂

    • geomoo on July 7, 2008 at 17:42

    Your essay made me think of those movies and books in which the robots become independent of humans and wipe out the race.  Just substitute corporations for the robots.  They do have automatic algorithms which drive them ever forward, using humans as obedient agents.  No built-in moderation to be sure.

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