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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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the patience for calculation, A Human Strategy, Matt Berry, aphorism 232

232 The “Bold” are not as fearless as they are lazy, for they have not the patience for calculation.  The “Wise” are not as cowardly as they are calculating.  What would become of a boldness which was not lazy?  Of a Bold Calculation?  Of an existence which was not a spectacular explosion into chaos, but its opposite: a horrible sanity in the midst of chaos ... a strategist with enough courage to avoid the innumerable peripheral enemies in order to turn and march painstakingly toward the center of power ... toward actual control over reality.


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A Human Strategy, Matt Berry, aphorism 233

233
So what is courage?  Only a shout?  “Even if!”  We march on ... 


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a last resort,The Mechanics of Virtue, Matt Berry, aphorism 66

66 When one’s strategy is in doubt, blend in with tradition.  One should only gamble on sincerity as a last resort.



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A Human Strategy, Matt Berry, aphorism 234

234 How cheaply we could purchase another’s heart: a few puffs of breath!  ... but we would rather sell our grand idea of ourselves, which is to say, we are purchased by another’s breath.


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What am I if I am a serf who refuses to obey?, A Human Strategy, Matt Berry, aphorism 235

235 What am I if I am a serf who refuses to obey?  And then discover after my banishment that I have no instinct for command?  The king will not take me back, and I fear the next leg of my journey ... for all roads end here.  I wander through the wilderness, taken aback with my new fear of freedom, whimpering and crying out for a new master to serve ... and finding none better than the one I had before.  I know, I know ... I have heard it all before, but how?  ... and with what?  How does second nature command first nature without finding itself suddenly dispatched on yet another errand?


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this banished morality, A Human Strategy, Matt Berry, aphorism 236

236 Thus far I have found myself rooted in middle-class soil and have dutifully and passionately continued the battle for the leveling of all classes and cultures.  However, lately I have had a thousand modern conveniences as my servants, too much time for thinking, and much too much time for leisure.  I have become bored and even begin to take on, comically enough, aristocratic airs ... and with this first step back in time, toward this banished morality, the comedy plays itself out: “The king is dead ... the throne is vacant ... can I do this without hurting anybody?”  All in my audience split their sides with laughter as I apologize for each harmless step forward ... like a peasant of the lowest order, who still believes he must be granted the right to self-possession before he can claim it.



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A Human Strategy, Matt Berry, aphorism 238

238 To stop behaving as a slave it is just as important to stop obeying as it is to demand the master to stop commanding.  We understand this in word, but cannot leave “our debt” to the master unpaid, not a single order unfulfilled.  We can imagine ourselves as free spirits, but not as deadbeats.


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