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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.



A Human Strategy ** The Mechanics of Virtue ** Post-Atheism


The Eternal War in Heaven, The Mechanics of Virtue, Matt Berry, aphorism 32

32 The Eternal War in Heaven: Being good and becoming good are as different from each other as a present state of Good is from one of Evil.  On the other hand, they are also only as different from each other as being complacent is from discovering complacency.


A Human Strategy ** The Mechanics of Virtue ** Post-Atheism


We are bored with reality, A Human Strategy by Matt Berry, aphorism 165

165 We are bored with reality: It is ironic that most of those who discuss “causation” do not regard the discussion itself as an effect, and would rather “get on with the matter” when we try to introduce the topic: “Which breakfast would increase our ability to discuss this topic?”



A Human Strategy ** The Mechanics of Virtue ** Post-Atheism


to think on the devil, The Mechanics of Virtue, Matt Berry, aphorism 33

33 As they would have us believe, to think on the devil is as evil as it is to disbelieve in his existence.  Now, it is a sin to think on what we must not fail to acknowledge.
A Human Strategy ** The Mechanics of Virtue ** Post-Atheism


Real change, A Human Strategy by Matt Berry, aphorism 166

166 Real change is never as precise or smooth as we would like it to be.  We soon find that our carefully drawn blueprints and our precision instruments no longer apply.  We pick up a rock, screw up our faces and pound.


A Human Strategy ** The Mechanics of Virtue ** Post-Atheism


The Mechanics of Virtue, Matt Berry, aphorism 34

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



A Human Strategy ** The Mechanics of Virtue ** Post-Atheism


A Human Strategy by Matt Berry, aphorism 167

167 Working toward control over human nature is something like applying a screwdriver to a machine whose wheels are spinning so fast that they appear stationary or nonexistent.  We begin with confidence and then ...



A Human Strategy ** The Mechanics of Virtue ** Post-Atheism


A Human Strategy by Matt Berry, aphorism 168

168 If there is but one cup of control for the entire ocean of force, I want it.



A Human Strategy ** The Mechanics of Virtue ** Post-Atheism