Casting the Beauty Platform for the Afghanistan Quagmire

( – promoted by buhdydharma )

   No moving lines.

   Retreat. Success.

   In what is small, perseverance furthers.

The Image

   Mountain under heaven: the image of Retreat.

   Thus the superior man keeps the inferior man at a distance,

   Not angrily but with reserve.


No moving lines: this does not contain within it the immediate seeds of its own change – though of course, all things contain within them the ultimate seeds of their own change.

Retreat. The inner trigram is “the sky”, “The Creative”. We have mountains at home if we need them, and Big Sky – there is no need to play the Game of Empire in mountains far abroad.

Retreat. The outer trigram is “the mountain”, “Keeping Still”. In poise, we advance without effort, but the sword that is constantly taken from its scabbard will rust and break.

Retreat. An imposing mountain from without, but within a whole sky to explore. A cabin in the woods, the autumn woods rustling at night, quiet conversation among friends.


Collar me, don’t color me

I’ve got my spine, I’ve got my orange crush

We are agents of the free

I’ve had my fun and now its time to

Serve your conscience overseas

Wa, War…

She’s the refugee

I see your face

I see you staring back at me

She’s the refugee

Her mama say one day she’s gonna

Live in America

There is no political solution / to our troubled evolution

have no faith in constitution / there is no bloody revolution

    We are spirits in the material world

Our so-called leaders speak / with words they try to jail you

they subjugate the meek / but it’s the rhetoric of failure

    We are spirits in the material world

Where does the answer lie? / Living from day to day

if it’s something we can’t buy / there must be another way

    We are spirits in the material world


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    • BruceMcF on November 10, 2009 at 01:52

    … its been so long since I have done one of these, I cast it upside down, getting “The Power of the Great”.

    Which itself is an image – the powers that be have cast the changes, and have cast them correctly – but are reading the results back to front.

    • RUKind on November 10, 2009 at 06:10

    The problem is we have no air force, no navy, no army as such, no satellites and we basically live in mug huts and caves in one of the most inaccessible places on Earth. So you guys will have to fly over all the soldiers and hardware.

    We’ll send an invitation and expect you sometime in the fall of 2001. Whatever you do, don’t read any military history books (not that you’d open up a book anyway.) Be sure to stay away from Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great and the British Empire.

    BTW, we have the world’s best opium, heroin, hash and some damn fine tea if you ever show up personally.

    Looking forward to spending the next decade or so working this out. Even if you win, everything just goes back to normal within one growing season.

    See you soon.

    OBL, Mullah Omar and al-Khamenei

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