Elements: Mountain over Water
Image: The spring wells up at the base of the mountain. Image of Youth. The wise man builds his character by thoroughness in everything he does.
Judgement: Meng has success. It’s not me who seek the young fool, but the young fool seeks me. At the first oracle I inform him. If he asks two or three times, it is importunity and I give him no information. Perseverance furthers.
Interpretation: The Youthful Folly builds on the theme of inexperience seen in hexagram 3, Chun. It implies that, similar to a flowing stream, the youth has a long way to go before it becomes a mighty river. Meng is about learning, teaching, and knowledge. Ignorance should not be punished, but replaced with knowledge. If the learning process is fun the student will learn more. Meng is a reminder that a teacher should also be a mentor, preparing the scene for the student’s adulthood.