18) Gu: Degeneration
C: There is wind in the mountains, decay; superior people inspire others and nurture virtue.
L: Correcting degeneration is greatly developmental. It is beneficial to cross great rivers. Three days before the start, three days after the start.
E: Correcting degeneration by abandoning the false and returning to the true.
L: Correcting the fatherís degeneracy; if there is a son, the deceased father is without blame. Danger, but in the end it turns out well.
E: This is warding off yin before degeneration.
L: Correcting the degeneracy of the mother, it is improper to be righteous.
E: When firmness and flexibility are united, flexibility is the root and firmness is the branch, and degeneration can be corrected without being excessively adamant.
L: Correcting the degeneracy of the father; if one goes on there will be shame.
E: Correcting the strong with strength is excessive. When degeneration is corrected with gentility, there is little regret and little blame.
L: Forgiving the degeneration of the father; if one goes on, there will be shame.
E: Only being flexible and not correcting degeneration when it occurs, letting deviousness grow, leads to regret. This is being too weak to correct degeneration.
L: Correcting the degeneration of the father, using praise.
E: Being flexible and receptive, emptying the heart, appearing as lacking while praising what others have, is using the strength and clarity of others to eliminate oneís own ignorance. This is the skillful use of flexibility in correcting degeneration.
L: Not serving kings and lords, one makes concerns loftier.
E: When the firm is within the flexible, without greed or ambition, there is no degeneration. When one values spiritual virtues as the highest good and does not pursue fame or profit, one perceives the emptiness inherent in all beings. Without degeneration there is nothing to correct.