THE IMAGE:


A lake on the mountain:
The image of influence.
Thus the superior man encourages people to approach him
By his readiness to receive them.


A mountain with a lake on its summit is stimulated by the moisture from the lake. It has this advantage because its summit does not jut out as a peak but is sunken. The image counsels that the mind should be kept humble and free, so that it may remain receptive to good advice. People soon give up counseling a man who thinks that he knows everything better than anyone else.