The dangers may again seem great, but principles accumulated via the previous six Modes should help keep you in balance. The major concern flows from cracks and weaknesses in self-mastery.
The future invariably evolves through unexpected events and complications that make it difficult to keep people on board and sustain your vision. You may start to affirm (at least to yourself and your close confidantes) that you know better than anyone else around you. That arrogance is your biggest foe!
Unifying around the future is difficult because knowing the future is tricky, and any picture of the future that unites people is necessarily grand and liable to become grandiose.
Social forces are irresistible in the end, but they are impersonal and riding them can weaken your volition and impair your self-direction.
Seeing potentials from a position of authority can all too easily be a vindication of past actions or an expression of biases or wishful thinking.
Making predictions that go with the flow can abet a creeping fatalism. Predictions often upset people, and they can be self-fulfilling prophecies if they are negative and inhibit action.
Integration of individual differences through any vision is unavoidably likely to be unstable and transient because people and situations change over time.
Master-strokes are often intrinsically shocking, either in their focus or unconventionality, or sometimes in their extent or resource commitment.
Facing reality is a principle for well-being, whatever the situation, for those who are reality-centred. For the rest of us, it is far more likely to cause pain, especially in relation to seeing the causes and ramifications of our actions, whether seemingly successful or unsuccessful.
Originally posted: July 2009