To get another opinion on the question posed in the New York Times Op-Ed, Has ‘Europe’ Failed?, which discusses the ethnic conflicts undermining an already shaky European Union, we turned to the I Ching for comment and found general agreement…
The first hexagram, Possession in Great Measure (from the Wilhelm translation), is one of success and even with the changing lines there is a clear guide to maintaining good fortune.
…there are many difficulties to overcome. It is only by remaining conscious of these difficulties that one can keep inwardly free of possible arrogance and wastefulness, and thus in principle overcome all cause for blame.
…benevolence alone is not sufficient at the time of Possession in Great Measure. For insolence might begin to spread. Insolence must be kept in bounds by dignity, then good fortune is assured.
If ‘Europe’ hasn’t failed yet, the second hexagram, Seduction (or Coming to Meet), marks an “unfavorable and dangerous situation” in which failure is suddenly an option. While the Daniels’ translation bids the EU to “recognise that primitive forces and desires are driving the situation”, the implication seems to be that if everyone would just be sensible for a moment, everything would be alright.
Might as well cross our fingers too…[Reading via Psychic Science] [Previously on ACM – Ask the I Ching: Should We Break Up the Big Banks?]
If you were wondering where we are hiding all the cords, the answer is at the bottom of the ocean.
Mapped below, you will find the fiber optic cables that make the internet a world wide web. Zoom in to find out who is behind every one of them with the 2012 Submarine Cable Map…
…or just gawk at the old school beauty of it all.
“In my day, we ran cables along the ocean floor to get our internet!”[Maps by TeleGeography; Nicolas Rapp via Flowing Data]
It plays out the same way every time…
To take a closer look, try the set of 67 maps collected in part two of the Eighteenth Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1896-97.[Animated gif by Somersaultr via Chart Porn]
Ape Con Myth has joined the list of organizations supporting the Declaration of Internet Freedom and encourages you to take a second, read the Declaration below and then click through to take action.
It’d be so easy to mess this up. Thankfully it is just as easy to not do so.
(click image to enlarge)[Ape Con Myth]