Challenges to Comprehension Implied by the Logo
of Laetus in Praesens
University of Earth

Metaphor (I Ching) Index Page
Equivalent condition for: Dialogue / Vision / Conference / Policy / Network / Lifestyle
Previous community condition / Next community condition
Circular community map: top-out
Sustainable community #07

Controlled threat (Shih)

Metaphors: Army / Leading / Unorganized crowd


Social For a sustainable community to struggle successfully, discipline must be instilled in the community by arousing enthusiasm, sustaining the people and eliciting confidence in the value of its actions.

Sub-conditions:

1. For an entreprise to be successful when it is initiated, order must prevail within the sustainable community. (Resulting in: Initiative).

2. The sustainable community should remain in close touch with the community, sharing its condition and receiving recognition on its behalf, in order to be able to meet the demands made on it. (Resulting in: Receptivity).

3. If the community takes the initiative from the sustainable community, misfortune will ensue. (Resulting in: Advancement).

4. If the sustainable community is faced with superior opposition, orderly withdrawal avoids the risk of disintegration. (Resulting in: Liberation).

5. Energetic struggle by the sustainable community is required to counteract any attacks, but a disorderly response may become counterproductive. (Resulting in: Persistence).

6. Following successful action by the sustainable community, it is important that power should not be given to those who would abuse it. (Resulting in: Inexperience).

Transformation sequence The emergence of a controlled threat eventually promotes solidarity. (Resulting in: Solidarity).


Previous community condition / Next community condition

Earlier version in 2nd edition of Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential (1986).

creative commons license
this work is licenced under a creative commons licence.