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  • 4. Mêng / Youthful Folly

    --- --- above Kên Keeping Still, Mountain
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    ------- below K'an The Abysmal, Water
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    The Judgement

    Youthful Folly has success.
    It is not I who seek the young fool;
    The young fool seeks me.
    At the first oracle I inform him.
    If he asks two or three times, it is importunity.
    If he importunes, I give him no information.
    Perseverance furthers.

    The Image

    A spring wells up at the foot of the mountain:
    The image of Youth.
    Thus the superior man fosters his character
    By thoroughness in all that he does.

    The Lines

    Change at the beginning means:
    To make a fool develop
    It furthers one to apply discipline.
    The fetters should be removed.
    To go on in this way brings humiliation.
    Change in the second place means:
    To bear with fools in kindliness brings good fortune.
    To know how to take women
    Brings good fortune.
    The son is capable of taking charge of the household.
    Change in the third place means:
    Take not a maiden who, when she sees a man of bronze,
    Loses possession of herself.
    Nothing furthers.
    Change in the fourth place means:
    Entangled folly brings humiliation.
    Change in the fifth place means:
    Childlike folly brings good fortune.
    Change at the top means:
    In punishing folly
    It does not further one
    To commit transgressions.
    The only thing that furthers
    Is to prevent transgressions.

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