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Advancement (Sheng)

Metaphors: Pushing upward

Social A vision may benefit from circumstances to rise to a position of influence through unrelenting effort in circumventing obstacles to its progress.


1. In a position of obscurity, the vision can derive strength and encouragement for its progress from those in position of power, who also benefit thereby from such a link to their origins. (Resulting in: Peace).

2. Even though the vision is unsubtle in its relationships with others, it may succeed in advancing because of recognition of the strength of its inherent qualities. (Resulting in: Unpretentiousness).

3. In the absence of obstacles, the vision should take advantage of the opportunity to advance, rather than being preoccupied prematurely with how long such advance will be possible. (Resulting in: Controlled threat).

4. In attaining its goal, the vision becomes accepted by those in positions of influence and thus achieves enduring significance. (Resulting in: Endurance).

5. The vision should progress steadily rather than becoming overconfident and impatient. (Resulting in: Basic need).

6. The vision should take care to avoid committing itself to advancement for its own sake, and thus become unable to retreat when necessary. (Resulting in: Remedial action).

Transformation sequence Continual advancement eventually leads to adversity and exhaustion. (Resulting in: Adversity).

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

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