Sunday, December 3, 2023

What Does the I-Ching Tell Us About China’s Planned Invasion of Taiwan?

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The I-Ching is an Eastern-inspired tool for ascertaining what it says “is the will of heaven.” Created more than 5,000 years ago, the I-Ching has been used by thousands in China since shemings or luminous beings shared it with Fuxi, China’s first patriarch, as a tool for predicting the weather and all kinds of stuff. Like the Runes, what the I-Ching does is answer specific questions. By divining the answers by picking sticks or tossing ancient coins, specific hexagrams appear that bear meaning or what experts call “judgments” or “decisions,” typically written in a poetic style. Some 64 hexagrams are seen as “abstract,” while others are interpreted. It is said that the great founder of China’s present government, Mao Zedong, consulted the I-Ching despite his public condemnation of its use. Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz, a mathematician who discovered the binary code we now use as the foundation of computer code, got his inspiration from the I-Ching.

First off, I did this on the night of 27 December 2022. I used the coin toss method instead of the yarrow sticks for convenience. Here are the results.

  1. First line: 2 tails + 1 head= 7
  2. Second line: 2 heads+ one tail= 8
  3. Third line: 2 heads+1 tail=8
  4. Fourth Line: 2 heads+1 tail=8
  5. Fifth Line: Three heads= nine, which changes into yin (8)
  6. Sixth Line: 2 tails+ one head=7

The resulting hexagram is “27,” which is “mouth or nourishing.” The first trigram was mountain while the second trigram was “thunder.” The original is thus: “Nourishing. Steadfast and upright: good fortune. Watch your nourishment. Pay attention to what is in your mouth.

According to Huang’s commentary, the solid line at the bottom represents a person of resolute character, responding to the yielding line at the fourth place. For this question, this might be Xi Jin Ping, China’s president. The I-Ching has some advice for him:

“ Yet he puts aside his own resources and seeks profit from other people’s toils. This behavior ends in misfortune.”

The I-Ching advises Xi Jin Ping to be “independent.” Likewise, Huang’s commentary on the hexagram says that this person, a “she” referring to China’s government, if it intends to act on this invasion of Taiwan, will perform “contrary to normal.” This is extremely dangerous.

“She (person) has already reached the extreme. Acting contrary to what is appropriate goes against the principle of seeking nourishment; there is misfortune. The Yao Text warns to take no action for ten years..”

Why is it a misfortune for this person to undertake what he plans? The I-Ching says:

“She is not strong enough to nourish or nurture the people solely by herself. Instead, she relies on the one above the sage..”

In the context of our question, this means that China (who is the “she”) in this commentary is not strong enough even to address the fundamental needs of its people on the mainland. Or, it can also be said that China is reliant on the “sage,” meaning “intelligence” or “modern technologies,” that it is uncertain whether such use or reliance will result in success. The I-Ching warns China not to “cross great rivers,” which, in the context of our question, most probably refers to the Taiwan strait.

Findings Based on the Contrary

In the 20th Congress of the Communist Party of China, the official statement bears the government’s intention to re-acquire Taiwan. This island was part of the Chinese mainland. Still, it remained independent from Communist rule after the Kuomintang occupied it and made it an autonomous republic shortly after China’s last civil war.

Right now, China is beset by numerous problems, particularly the spread of the COVID-19 virus, which has reportedly infected more than 250 million Chinese mainlanders. China’s president Xi Jin Ping made it his mission to achieve zero casualties, yet nature has not been kind to him lately. The policy of imposing the strictest implementation of state-sponsored quarantine has backfired.

Aside from this ongoing pandemic, the state government has not managed China’s inflation properly. Unemployment is rising as the economy reacts to a weakening of the global capitalist system. This explains why the I-Ching warns China of its intention to invade Taiwan because “it is not strong enough to nourish or nurture the people solely by herself.”

An invasion would isolate China, affecting the economy and directly changing the lives of about two billion people. And even if China is militarily superior and equipped with the latest technologies, an invasion that the I-Ching describes as “an act contrary to normal” will result in catastrophe. According to the I-Ching, crossing the median line at the Taiwan Strait will result in misfortune.

It is now the call of the Chinese government to act on the I-Ching’s call and exercise caution for the next ten years or do the “realist” view and invade Taiwan to deflect the Chinese people’s attention to their sordid situation.

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