Today could not exist without yesterday.

I Ching 18 – Degeneration, follows Following in the order of

Life experiences represented by the hexagrams.

 

Spirit explains: Degeneration suggests loss of quality or value,

Whether due to neglect, obsolescence, change in fashion, or

Whatever. Society seems almost eager to discard what is not

Shiny and new.

 

Following expresses faithfulness to traditional lifestyles. This

Preservation of past traditions can create difficulties in

Adjusting to change.

 

How do we blend progress and tradition? Or, must we choose?

 

There can be no future without a past. When a branch becomes

Disconnected from its tree then it must be rooted or grafted

Onto another tree that has its roots firmly planted in the earth.

 

To completely disconnect from our past, if it was possible,

Would endanger our future. The past is the foundation of the

Present and the present is the foundation of the future. Today

Could not exist without yesterday. It’s as simple as that.

 

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A cosmic reporter assigned to Earth

Spirit, at times, seems to pretend to be an alien reporter, who is

Curious to learn more about the strange ways we humans

Relate to each other.

 

We are, He tells me, or seem to be, otherwise intelligent beings,

So, why, He asks, are we, or some of us, so interested in

Establishing new schools of thought?

 

What seems to be needed, considering such widespread

Environmental destruction, is a new way of being, a new way

Of living with each other, in a more mutually supportive

Manner, and in harmony with nature.

 

To exploit natural resources is to abuse your future, our future,,

And the future of tomorrow’s people.

 

I want very much to defend myself and everyone else, but

I don’t know how.

 

There is no defence. He reads my thoughts. But, we will

Learn from experience, the cost of our neglect.