Father Heaven above, and Daughter Lake below.
Here there is contrast between High and Low.
Here correct social conduct steals the show.
Proper Conduct and Treading's meaning:
The small and cheerful is treading
upon the large and strong something.
Taking a stand against strong is not dangerous.
The strong takes it in stride finding it humorous
only as long as one is not presumptuous.
Weak and Strong are close together.
Weak treads upon the tail of a tiger.
Good fortune! ...It is not a biter.
The weak follows the strong and disturbs it.
The strong acquiesces and does not harm it.
So there is no reason it to have a wild fit.
When one deals with those who are intractable
behaving with proper decorum is very practical.
Pleasant manners succeed even with the irritable.
Heaven above and Lake below...
Discriminating between High and Low.
Enhanced reasoning begins to show.
Heaven and Lake example the difference of elevation
inherent in the natures of the two... No contention.
The same also applies to social stratification.
Tho it is impossible to bring about universal equality...
Differences in social position should not be arbitrary
for it may become cause for class struggle and enmity.
10. TREADING: THE LINES... NINE AT THE BOTTOM: No remorse. We are still not bound by social intercourse. With simple actions we take our own course content with not making demands on others. This does not mean standstill but progress. One begins with a low and inferior status yet one's inner strength guarantees progress. One ís unhappy with modest circumstance; restless and ambitious, one tries to advance, not accomplishing anything of consequence purely for the sake of escaping lowliness. But when one becomes full of arrogance blame and remorse is attached to progress. For one whose good work is own recompense: One succeeds wearing a crown of excellence.
NINE IN THE SECOND PLACE: One seeks nothing. One asks nothing. One is not dazzled by the enticing. Unassailed through life one ís sailing.
SIX IN THIRD PLACE: The one eyed man may see ...But not the big picture. The lame man may be a runner ...But he ís not a winner. He treads upon the tail of a tiger ...Unfortunately it's a biter. In spite of faults one takes on danger. It'd better be in the name of one's master.
NINE IN THE FOURTH PLACE: One treads on the tail of the tiger. This refers to an enterprise of danger. The inner power to follow through is there combined with restrained caution proper. Here ultimate progress is for sure.
NINE IN THE FIFTH PLACE: The prospect of danger makes one correct. One sees one must be resolute in conduct.
NINE AT THE TOP MEANS: It is only by the results of one's actions ...by the fruits of one's productions... does one have a right to expectations.
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