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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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A Human Strategy, Matt Berry, aphorism 178

178 Resentment suffers from a wrong without possessing the means for retribution.


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The real problem with resentment, A Human Strategy, Matt Berry, aphorism 179

179 The real problem with resentment is that it is always justifiable.  If it weren’t, the inspection could have cured one.  
The situation is so bad that one even has the right to take one’s eyes off of the higher aim.



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The Mechanics of Virtue, Matt Berry, aphorism 34

34 Our conscience must serve out its sentence as convicted, until habituation succeeds in its appeal.


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Resentment , A Human Strategy, Matt Berry, aphorism 180

180 Resentment may have less to do with other people than we think.  The feeling that one has been cheated is a probable outcome for those who continually empty themselves in the belief that this is how they become full.



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cowardice or self-respect, A Human Strategy, Matt Berry, aphorism 181

181 There is a bog where the mud is knee deep.  Around the edge of this bog there is dry ground.  If I go around, is this cowardice or self-respect?  Easy enough to answer. Now, consider the same situation but where my worst enemy stands up to his knees in the middle of this bog, taunting me.  Now, if I go around, is this cowardice?
No ... as long as I lay the groundwork of the former example before I confront the morass of the latter ... as long as I know that cleanliness is the victory ... that the question itself can be dirty ... that one conquers in this way, like a clever general, by going around.



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Can a cause be just and harmful?, A Human Strategy, Matt Berry, aphorism 182

182 Can a cause be just and harmful?  I wanted to become A but was told that my kind are barred from serving as B.  I am outraged and struggle my whole life to overcome the political and social obstacles and finally become B.  In fact, I am the first of my kind ever to become B.
My cause is just, and I am victorious, but I have now become the wrong person and remain unsatisfied: the pursuit of justice was a way of indulging the spoiled child of resentment.  The child demanded precisely that which had been refused and threatened to set the whole house on fire if unsatisfied ... but left unattended that smaller, weaker embryo, its inherited and privileged task ... which is now just a bedridden, cranky old man.


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A Human Strategy, Matt Berry, aphorism 183

183 We do not want a fair fight.  We want a higher rank.  If we are demanding a fair fight, maybe we should reconsider the whole affair, since only those with disadvantages appeal to fairness.


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