so, in dismissing, what I do is:
Line-1Legge: The first line, dynamic, shows its subject in the pride of strength, advancing with his toes. He goes forward, but will not succeed. There will be ground for blame.
Wilhelm/Baynes : Mighty in the forward-striding toes. When one goes and is not equal to the task, one makes a mistake.
Blofeld: To set out with a great show of strength, advance, but win no success is shameful. [That is, we should not voluntarily and somewhat boastfully take on a difficult task, unless we are sure of success.]
Liu: Power in toes moving forward. If one goes and lacks ability, he makes a mistake.
Ritsema/Karcher: Invigorating tending-towards the preceding foot. Going not mastering, activating faulty.
Shaughnessy: Mature in the front foot; to go will not be victorious, but will be trouble.
Cleary (1): Vigor in the advancing feet, going but not prevailing, this is faulty.
Wu: He has strong toes. If he acts in a rash way and is not able to get his job done, he will be blamed.
COMMENTARYConfucius/Legge: Without being able to succeed he goes forward -- this is an error. Wilhelm/Baynes: When one goes without being equal to the task, it is a mistake. Blofeld: This illustrates the shame involved in taking on something and then failing. Ritsema/Karcher: Not mastering and also going. Fault indeed. Cleary (2): To go without prevailing is faulty. Wu: Acting in a rash way with no ability to get his job done is a mistake.
Legge: Line one, the first line in the lower trigram of Strength, is in the lowest place in the hexagram. The stage of the enterprise is too early and the preparation too small to make victory certain. He had better not take the field.
NOTES AND PARAPHRASESSiu: At the outset, the man presses forward prematurely without sufficient preparation and strength. Initial setbacks due to blind miscalculations are grounds for blame.
Wing: Despite strong resolve, beginnings are the most difficult and dangerous of times. Be certain that you are equal to the task you have in mind. A mistake now could become an insurmountable setback. Better rethink this one.
Editor: Compare this line with the first line in hexagram number thirty-four, Great Power,in which an almost identical idea is presented.
A. Don't force the issue. You aren't equal to the consequences of your impulses."Work-addiction," the "manager disease," the compulsive need of always having to do something in order to appear busy, also indicates the inability of modern man to find a meaning in life. E.C. Whitmont -- The Symbolic Quest
Legge: The fourth line, dynamic, shows one from whose buttocks the skin has been stripped, and who walks slowly and with difficulty. If he could act like a sheep led after its companions, occasion for repentance would disappear. But though he hear these words, he will not believe them.
Wilhelm/Baynes: There is no skin on his thighs, and walking comes hard. If a man were to let himself be led like a sheep, remorse would disappear. But if these words are heard they will not be believed.
Blofeld: His haunches have been flayed and he walks falteringly, though he could put an end to his shame by allowing himself to be dragged along like a sheep. Moreover, he puts no faith in the words of others. [Having recently suffered, we advance with hesitation and are unwilling to accept useful but rather humiliating assistance.]
Liu: He injures his thighs. He walks with difficulty. If he were to follow like a sheep, remorse would vanish. People will not believe his words when they hear them.
Ritsema/Karcher: The sacrum without flesh. One moves the resting-place moreover. Hauling-along the goat, repenting extinguished. Hearing words, not trustworthy.
Shaughnessy: The lips do not have skin; his movement is herky-jerky, pulling sheep; regret is gone; you will hear words that are not trustworthy.
Cleary (1): No flesh on the buttocks, not making progress. Leading a sheep, regret disappears. Hearing the words but not believing.
Cleary (2): With no flesh on the buttocks, one walks haltingly. Leading the sheep, regret disappears. The words heard are not believed.
Wu: His buttocks have no skin. He hobbles along. If he would lead away the sheep, there will be no regret; but he does not trust what he hears.
COMMENTARYConfucius/Legge: He is not in the place appropriate to him. He hears, but does not understand. Wilhelm/Baynes: There is no clear comprehension. Blofeld: Having no faith in the words of others shows lack of intelligence. Ritsema/ Karcher: Understanding not brightened indeed. Cleary (2): Being out of place. Not hearing clearly. Wu: His position is improper. He does not understand it.
Legge: Line four is not in the center, nor in a place appropriate for a dynamic line. He therefore will not be at rest, nor do anything to accomplish the work of the hexagram. He is symbolized as a culprit who has been whipped. Alone he can do nothing. If he could follow others, like a sheep led along, he might accomplish something, but he will not listen to advice.
NOTES AND PARAPHRASESSiu: The man is restless and wishes to enforce his will by stubbornly pushing forward. But he meets with insuperable antagonisms. Advice to desist and to follow others is ignored.
Wing: As you continue to push forward, you meet with one obstacle after the next. Your resoluteness has reached a degree where you cannot stop yourself. If you would submit to the difficult times and allow others to lead, your problems would resolve themselves. Such advice is meaningless, however, since you cannot be led.
Editor: The image here is clearly one of willful stubbornness. The harsh indictment is mitigated somewhat by Legge's Confucian commentary -- "He hears, but does not understand.” With all of the goodwill in the world, it is still possible to receive this line, and the commentary takes some of the sting out of it by saying that you simply haven't gotten the message yet. The Self is a terrible archetype -- far more like the wrathful Yahweh than the forgiving Christ, and there are phases of the Work in which no matter what you do, it seems to be wrong. One must learn to live with this fact.
A. You create hardship for yourself through your own stubbornness.The Lord leads the willing; He drags the unwilling in his wake. A. Rothberg -- The Sword of the Golem
B. You haven't gotten the message yet. You don't understand, yet insist on pushing ahead anyway.