nevermind the vile and porcine exterior...
Line-3Legge: The third line, dynamic, shows one who does not continuously maintain his virtue. There are those who will impute this to him as a disgrace. However firm he may be, there will be ground for regret.
Wilhelm/Baynes: He who does not give duration to his character meets with disgrace. Persistent humiliation.
Blofeld: He is not consistently virtuous and therefore meets with disgrace. To continue thus would be shameful.
Liu: If he does not continue to improve his character, he will be disgraced. Continuing (not to improve) brings humiliation.
Ritsema/Karcher: Not preserving one's actualizing-tao. Maybe receiving's embarrassing. Trial: abashment. [Actualize-tao: Ability to follow the course traced by the ongoing process of the cosmos. Linked with acquire, TE: acquiring that which makes a being become what it is meant to be.]
Shaughnessy: Not making constant his virtue, he perhaps receives its disgrace; determination is distressful.
Cleary (1): If one is not constant in virtue, one may be shamed; even if right, one is humiliated.
Cleary (2): Not being constant in virtue may be taken as a disgrace. Even if one is right, one is humiliated.
Wu: The subject does not persevere in principle. He may feel humiliated for his support. Even though he does nothing wrong, he will be remorseful.
COMMENTARYConfucius/Legge: He does not continuously maintain his virtue -- nowhere will he be borne with. Wilhelm/Baynes: He meets with no toleration. Blofeld: Because, then, no one could endure him. [We can bear with an evil man more easily than with one who is liable to behave so inconsistently that we never know what to expect of him.] Ritsema/ Karcher: Without a place to tolerate indeed. Cleary (2): There is no accommodation. Wu: Consequently, he will not be welcome.
Legge: The third line is dynamic in a dynamic place, but has passed the center position of the lower trigram. He is too active, and coming under the attraction of his sixth line correlate, he is impelled to abandon his place and virtue. The K'ang-hsi editors' version of the commentary is: "Nowhere can he bear to remain."
NOTES AND PARAPHRASESSiu: The man does not maintain an inner consistency of character. His vicissitudes lead to troubles from unforeseen quarters.
Wing: Your reactions and moods caused by external situations are as unpredictable as these varying circumstances. This inconsistency within the Self will bring your humiliation. In turn, this creates a cycle of difficulties. Try to center yourself.
Editor: To parody Emerson: "A foolish inconsistency is the hobgoblin of small minds."
There is nothing worse than to begin work on oneself and then leave it and find oneself between two stools. Gurdjieff
Nine in the third place means:
He who does not give duration to his character
Meets with disgrace.
If a man remains at the mercy of moods of hope or fear aroused by the outer world, he loses his inner consistency of character. Such inconsistency invariably leads to distressing experiences. These humiliations often come from an unforeseen quarter. Such experiences are not merely effects produced by the external world, but logical consequences evoked by his own nature.