From the I Ching:
59. Dispersion (Dissolution)
Dispersion. Success.
The king approaches his temple.
It furthers one to cross the great water.
Perseverence furthers.

The wind drives over the water:
The image of dispersion.
Thus the kings of old sacrificed to the Lord
And built temples.

The use of the Lord in this translation piques my curiosity. Lack of knowledge about the original text or Chinese philosophy leaves me without a better context for understanding.

Dispersion in this case, is clearly a desired thing. There is a dissolution of ego here, and a distribution of effort in a manner pure as the wind. Perhaps we should take from this an ideal for internet communication. Exerpts from the text:
They scooped out tree trunks for boats and they hardened wood in the fire to make oars. The advantage of boats and oars lay in providing means of communication. They probably took this from the hexegram of dispersion
Six in the third place:
He dissolves his self. No remorse.
"He dissolves his self". His will is directed outward.

Dis*per"sion (?), n. [CF. F. dispersion.]


The act or process of scattering or dispersing, or the state of being scattered or separated; as, the Jews in their dispersion retained their rites and ceremonies; a great dispersion of the human family took place at the building of Babel.

The days of your slaughter and of your dispersions are accomplished. Jer. xxv. 34.

2. Opt.

The separation of light into its different colored rays, arising from their different refrangibilities.

Dispersion of the optic axes Crystallog., the separation of the optic axes in biaxial crystals, due to the fact that the axial angle has different values for the different colors of the spectrum.


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