Hexagram 18: Insurrection
Loud thunder from the valley startles the emperor. The programmers shout with joy.
The emperor in his palace issues endless edicts. His feet do not touch the ground. The programmers in the valley shout, proclaiming the folly of senseless rules. For awhile, there is great joy. Great danger follows when the thunder echos off the mountains.
- Line 6 -- The programmers have cast off a heavy burden. They shout for joy, ready to pursue the Golden Code in perfect freedom. The Wise One picks up his coding quill, but keeps an eye on the door.
- Line 5 -- The emperor sits in his palace, giving orders. His words echo about the halls and disappear on the wind. If ignored, thunder and lightning will rain from the sky. Great danger.
- Line 4 -- Groups of ministers gather in the great hall. Orders become rules and rules become chains. There is no foundation for further progress.
- Line 3 -- Great commotion. People do not know whether to follow laws or pursue the Golden Code. Arguing about details creates confusion and angers the emperor. Ministers warn of dangers to come.
- Line 2 -- From aimless discontent, leaders emerge. They stand before the emperor, but do not bow. A great shout is heard, but ministers hold to the rules. No progress, but courage brings no blame.
- Line 1 -- Thunder rises from the valley, but it does not disturb the emperor's sleep. Progress is possible only when enough voices join together. The Wise One holds to his virtues in silence until the proper time arrives. Patience prevails.