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Free will and community

Today’s I Ching is 60 – Discipline.

Water over Lake.
Discipline follows Dispersal in a continuous order of events.

Spirit explains: When a river flows into a lake the water overflows onto surrounding land, unless it is restricted
from doing so.

Dispersal suggests an unorganized scattering, such as seeds
or dry leaves by a wind.

There is no free will choice, no sense of freedom involved
when we have no self-control concerning where we are going
with our life.

Self-discipline determines what we will do with our potential; how it will be directed. Without self-control we risk being controlled by others.

How to have it both ways? I need to be free and still be a contributing member of a community. I need to think for myself and still learn from You and others.

Yes, we need both.

Then how do we work both sides of the street?

We don’t.

Then what?

We compromise; we find an acceptable middle ground between the extremes of individualism and group control. But, we must always be aware of the price we choose to pay, or we risk losing choosing.

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