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Hexagram 43 Break-through (Resoluteness)
Expression Guài requires (in him who would fulfil its meaning) the exhibition (of the culprit's guilt) in the royal court, and a sincere and earnest appeal (for sympathy and support), with a consciousness of the peril (involved in cutting off the criminal). He should (also) make announcement in his own city, and show that it will not be well to have recourse at once to arms. (In this way) there will be advantage in whatever he shall go forward to.
Judgement Break-through. One must resolutely make the matter known At the court of the king. It must be announced truthfully. Danger. It is necessary to notify one's own city. It does not further to resort to arms. It furthers one to undertake something.
Image The lake has risen to heaven. Image of Break-through. Thus the superior man Dispenses riches downward And refrains from resting on his virtue.
      Expression: No cry. In the end misfortune comes.
Image: 'There is the misery of having none on whom to call:'--the end will be that he cannot continue any longer.
  Expression: In dealing with weeds, firm resolution is necessary. Walking in the middle remains free of blame.
Image: 'If his action be in harmony with his central position, there will be no error:'--but his standing in the due mean is not yet clearly displayed.
  Expression: There is no skin on his thighs, and walking comes hard. If a man were to let himself be led like a sheep, remorse would disappear. But if these words are heard they will not be believed.
Image: 'He walks slowly and with difficulty:'--he is not in the place appropriate to him. 'He hears these words, but does not believe them:'--he hears, but does not understand.
  Expression: To be powerful in the cheekbones brings misfortune. The superior man is firmly resolved. He walks alone and is caught in the rain. He is bespattered, and people murmur against him. No blame.
Image: 'The superior man looks bent on cutting off the culprit:'--there will in the end be no error.
  Expression: A cry of alarm. Arms at evening and at night. Fear nothing.
Image: 'Though hostile measures be taken against him, he need not be anxious:'--he pursues the course of the due mean.
  Expression: Mighty in the forward-striding toes. When one goes and is not equal to the task, one makes a mistake.
Image: 'Without (being able to) succeed, he goes forward:'--this is an error.