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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 point of reference, A Human Strategy, Matt Berry, aphorism 205

205 Does object A rise or fall?  But one must have first secured a point of reference before one can even pose the question.  And in case it has not already become obvious to the reader, the point of reference I propose is increasing strength.  Until one secures that point of reference, object A may not even appear to move at all.


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The Mechanics of Virtue, Matt Berry, aphorism 50

50 Our moral expression is often only a label we use to hide our fear of breaking with a custom, herd, or rank

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A Human Strategy, Matt Berry, aphorism 207

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the preservation of our weaknesses, A Human Strategy, Matt Berry, aphorism 206

206 What has accounted for our “strength” thus far?  That tremendous force we spent on the preservation of our weaknesses.



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the shop’s door, The Mechanics of Virtue, Matt Berry, aphorism 51

51 If one is too big for the shop’s door, one must stoop to submit an application.  If one is small enough for the shop, one can enter with one’s head high.


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my existence alleviated, A Human Strategy, Matt Berry, aphorism 207

207 Do not give me painkillers.  True, I also want my existence alleviated ... but I will do so by growing stronger ... by bearing the weight of my reality.



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megalomania , The Mechanics of Virtue, Matt Berry, aphorism 52

52 Is it megalomania if one knows that vanity is an indispensable partin the human machine?  For if one takes delusion out of the equation, one no longer has the rational claim to megalomania.  If one however uses this argument as proof that the definition no longer applies to oneself, the machine has only re-introduced the delusion. 


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