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34: Great Vigor
36: Darkening of the Light
35: Easy Progress
The situation is one of easy, natural progress. What has been weak is ascending, and by gaining a prominent position will become more powerful. The image is the light of the rising sun, which at first appears dimly through the mists. But this same light radiates with powerful clarity when the sun has reached a high position in the sky.
Progress is made when those in subordinate positions make peace with those above, and in so doing create a natural means for their talents and abilities to become more visible. It is by recognizing and riding with the natural course of events -- by hitching our wagon to the rising sun, as it were -- that we advance our position and earn respect.
Goodness in human nature is like the dim but beautiful early morning light. Greed, hatred and other forms of self-absorption can obscure it, just as the morning light can be swallowed by the fog. Be reminded that progress is achieved most effortlessly when right action is taken without concern for immediate reward, and when the path of the weaker aligns with that which is strong.
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