A. Hexagram four is Meng or Enveloping. Additional interpretations include Discovering, Young Shoot or Youthful Folly. Hexagram 4’s lower trigram is Kan: gorge or water. And its upper trigram is Gen: bound or mountain.
B. The Judgment
1. Youthful Folly has success. It is not I who seeks the young fool;
The young fool seeks me. At the first oracle, I inform him.
2. If he asks two or three times, it is importunity.
If he importunes, I give him no information. Perseverance furthers.
C. The Image
1. A spring wells up at the foot of the mountain:
a) The image of Youth. The superior man fosters his character,
b) By thoroughness in all that he does.
II. My interpretation
A. “Youthful Folly”
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