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aphorism 318, A Human Strategy, Matt Berry

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What we would never believe: Picking the lock is an admission that one has been chained. One feels humiliated. Consequently, one denies the existence of one’s chains.


What we often believe: Dealing with human mechanics is an admission that one is not as free as one would like to believe. Consciousness is threatened with humiliation. Ironically, this threat itself is a stimulus whose response denies the machinery.



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Reality , A Human Strategy, Matt Berry, aphorism 278

278 Is repetition real?  Or is it only a poor memory which makes repetition appear real?  Are the eyes truthful, when their immediate scrutiny never finds a repetition? Is there some other region of the brain which makes the instance … the very real particular only appear real, memory performing greater judgment than the eyes?  ... every particular, in some minute aspect, deviant and foreign to the repetition.  And yet the engineer predicts ... Yet these mutually exclusive aspects of reality belong to a universe which can only be one.  That we cannot fathom the inconsistency can just as easily be explained by admitting to a limitation of the human mind as by our capitulation to the concepts of “infinity” or “eternity.”
Reality is one thing.  It is the mind that must split, contrast, see the particular at one moment and then the repetition in the next ... for it craves both the material and its law from which it might re-construct that one thing.



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Leisure Ethic, The Mechanics of Virtue, Matt Berry, aphorism 104

104 Leisure Ethic, 1) a sphere of awareness that remains impenetrable to any concerns of the work ethic; 2) an energy and health so great that any task becomes a game again; 3) an evil seen only from the perspective of the work ethic. 



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my rise to a very real sovereignty, A Human Strategy, Matt Berry, aphorism 279

279 For my not having been born Emperor, I have been fortunate.  I simmered ... I plotted ... I changed the rules and object of the game ... and in the end found compensation in my rise to a very real sovereignty.  My cunning had stumbled upon the only thing which could remain pure without being at the same time smug.
But all those around me see only a crown without jewels and studded with only the “smallest” concerns: fish for breakfast, “cerebral hygiene,” and a handful of petty habits.  They laugh and propose my “coronation,” not rejecting a higher nobility as much as showing disgust for reality.  Their reality, it seems, is beneath them.


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masters who suffer, The Mechanics of Virtue, Matt Berry, aphorism 105

105 When a fish tears the hook from its mouth, there are fishermen who cry out in pain.  And there are also masters who suffer ungrateful servants. 


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the handful of petty habit, A Human Strategy, Matt Berry, aphorism 280

280 There is a man I know who thinks that an earthquake in Chile which killed 30,000 people is more calamitous than the handful of petty habits which will kill him before the year is up.


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rich in spirit, The Mechanics of Virtue, Matt Berry, aphorism 106

106 They are the poor in spirit who seek the approval of the advantaged – and are thus on the right path toward serving them.  Those who refuse to seek the approval of the advantaged are poor workers ... and to the precise degree that they are rich in spirit.


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the tiger in me, A Human Strategy, Matt Berry, aphorism 281

281 I just turn the key and the tiger in me leaps out, does whatever damage it pleases, and then trots back to its cage with that majestic presumption that I will feed it again for tomorrow’s romp.  And I do ... because I am nothing without this key.



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