Think and observe.
The hexagram describes a late stage in a decline
where one’s few remaining resources have been concentrated into a last
ditch defensive position, as may happen with old age. Progress or recovery is out of the question.
One is resigned to the end and is now only a passive spectator to any
But it is the most valuable resources that have
been left for last, so
even though one is no longer playing an active role one has accumulated wisdom
and gained a position
of vantage from which to contemplate the world.
This is a time for contemplation rather than action, for thinking about things
rather than doing them or for observing others do things rather than doing them oneself.
In contemplation there is less risk than in action.
One can afford to
be bold in one's thoughts and observations.