Hexagram 12: Speaking Out
Thunder bellows, lightning strikes. Powerful forces contend, great danger.
The young programmer speaks the truth, but loudly and without grace. Great forces gather to contain him. Attempted change burns in the fire. Misfortune follows, but no blame.
- Line 6 -- The young tree does not bend and breaks in the wind. Thunder echos off the hills for many years. Though misfortune is encountered, statues are erected to help remember.
- Line 5 -- The pathway to the dawn goes past the dark swamp. Great danger. The choice between the ways of heaven and giving in to the scorching wind requires rulers to be wise. The light is not always welcome.
- Line 4 -- Thunder crashes into the mountains, but neither gives way. Truth clashes with truth. If people put down their arms, light follows. Otherwise, no progress.
- Line 3 -- Trees stand together in the forest. If thunder turns to light, many bridges can be built. If words are not well considered, though, no progress.
- Line 2 -- There is great joy in discovering the folly of others. Speaking the truth is its own reward. The Wise One talks with those who know. Fools will not understand.
- Line 1 -- Speaking out is the duty of the great or the small. There is no support for shining light on the darkness. The Wise One admires the young programmer for his brash honesty, but counsels moderation.