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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

a self-affirming goal, A Human Strategy. Matt Berry, aphorism 308


If I waddle somewhat toward a self-affirming goal, my desires and whims follow like a brood of ducklings. If I stop to gather them in, they scatter ... and I chase after.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Monday, March 20, 2017

freedom, A Human Strategy, Matt Berry, aphorism 309


Too often “freedom” is another word for “ignorance.” It serves as a palliative for our shock at seeing the gears and levers behind our nature.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

The Moral Fanatic, aphorism 133, The Mechanics of Virtue, Matt Berry


The Moral Fanatic: Mustering up the courage to actualize one’s morality is often the beginning of immorality. In fact moral actualization is often that backdrop of Evil without which there might have been no display of Good. Solitary actualization usually offends the public, and the moral display of removing this offense often succeeds by default ... and Good then triumphs over Evil.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

a genuine method for happiness, A Human Strategy, Matt Berry, aphorism 310


One finds a genuine method for happiness but saddens all others by trying to convert them to the same. Perhaps happiness is in the private rebellion of finding ... just as sadness would lie in having to be granted permission to search.

Monday, March 13, 2017

the exalted human experience, aphorism 134, The Mechanics of Virtue, Matt Berry


Historical honesty and the exalted human experience are opposed.  When Plutarch reports, and is in turn carried higher by Amyot, and yet higher by North, and then reaches its final orbit through Shakespeare ... the historian objects ... in vain.  When the town charlatan passes off despicable behavior as being “ordained by God,” he can within a very few generations not only surpass history within his own culture, but among the complacent at large as well.  Out of this dung, hidden well beneath the surface, the lush but thorny bush yields berries that can only be picked with the most delicate fingers and every honest attack leaves the assailant bloodied.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

The proud mind, aphorism 134, A Human Strategy, Matt Berry


The proud mind denies the existence of the stimulus in an argument, and so does not see or feel the force of the necessary response, creating the illusion that it is not the perceiver but the world that is twisted.