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Vision #36

Decline (Ming Yi)

Metaphors: Darkening of the light / Hiding brightness


Social In adverse circumstances a vision should not reveal the values it holds and thus provoke opposition. Rather it should appear to accept the prevailing standards and mode of behaviour whenever this is necessary.

Sub-conditions:

1. Faced with opposition, the vision may limit its objectives but will nevertheless face continuing opposition if it remains true to its principles. (Resulting in: Unpretentiousness).

2. Although handicapped by opposing forces, the vision may concentrate beneficially on assisting others who are also at risk. (Resulting in: Peace).

3. In the process of establishing a new order, the vision may contain the initiator of the opposition, but premature consolidation of such a victory should be carried out with caution if the habits of the old order have become too well-entrenched. (Resulting in: Recovery).

4. The vision may be able to avoid being drawn into disaster by being well informed concerning the intentions of the initiator of the opposition. (Resulting in: Prosperity).

5. If the vision is obliged to remain under the influence of the opposing forces, it can only survive intact through the exercise of dissimulation and considerable caution. (Resulting in: Accomplishment).

6. The forces in opposition to the vision of superior values turn upon themselves at the height of their power and cause their own destruction. (Resulting in: Style).

Transformation sequence Decline eventually necessitates a withdrawal into a community context. (Resulting in: Community).


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

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