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12: Standstill

In periods of standstill or stagnation, confusion and disorder can prevail. Inferior forces are on the rise when the powers of clarity and creativity are on the decline. In such times, the wise take shelter in their own integrity and quietly remain faithful to their principles. It is wise to retreat from public activities and common exchanges until the times favor direct action.

During periods of stagnation, inferior elements in your society come to the forefront. When the inmates are overrunning the asylum, you must summon up your fortitude, hide your worth and withdraw. Concentrate on personal affairs with a quiet dignity, even if that means letting go of some short-term rewards.

Desiring to change such a situation too quickly creates extra conflict. By accepting some hardship, while striving to maintain integrity, you are preparing for future growth. Remember that a seed of prosperity is often hidden inside the husk of misfortune.

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