THE IMAGE:


There is not water in the lake:
The image of Exhaustion.
Thus the superior man stakes his life
On following his will.


When the water has flowed out below, the lake must dry up and become exhausted. That is fate. This symbolizes an adverse fate in human life. In such times there is nothing a man can do but acquiesce in his fate and remain true to himself. This concerns the deepest stratum of his being, for this alone is superior to all external fate.