Hexagram 19: Quality


Following the ten thousand rules produces mountains of parchment. The Tao becomes small and goes to sleep.


The emperor issues many rules to make it easy to find the Golden Code. Following the rules make ministers happy, but the code is late and does not reflect beauty. The Wise One knows the Great Empress is not wooed with parchment. Only the fool seeks the Tao in more rules. All progress recedes into the bit bucket.

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