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Friday, January 20, 2017

Historical Blasphemy, The Mechanics of Virtue, Matt Berry, aphorism 151


Historical Blasphemy: If we measure one man great by our power to bend history, we will next measure another man a scoundrel by his power to straighten us.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

the rot of his argument, aphorism 322, A Human Strategy, Matt Berry


 I can already smell the rot of his argument. I have no other refutation than this: its truthfulness repels me. That there is a dunghill on my left may be true, but it is equally true that there is a green meadow on my right.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

self-flattering projections, The Mechanics of Virtue, Matt Berry, aphorism 152


We cannot believe in the projectors of consciousness without sacrificing many self-flattering projections. And since the projection is all that is visible to the intellect, it can easily sacrifice the projectors! ... and thus continue to flatter itself as something “eternal” and “all powerful” ... “free.” For example, if one is to believe in the divine origin of a sensation, one must ignore the mechanics supporting that sensation – the good night’s sleep, the bad night's sleep, the two cups of coffee, the failure of a rival, the electric fan even, or that which modesty forbids any mention. The bathos which such an assertion brings upon the argument becomes a premise itself on the side of the intellect and against the machine which accounts for it. The screen of consciousness now believes in itself ... and makes of itself an end ... and means! ... a part and parcel of God.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The aim of truth, aphorism 323, A Human Strategy, Matt Berry


The aim of truth is not to convince, nor is it to define, but to turn the listener’s eyes toward that which the speaker sees. We speak, however specific the words, only in a general direction. There is still much in truth which the listener must guess.

Friday, January 13, 2017

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Ad Hominem Etiquette, The Mechanics of Virtue, Matt Berry, aphorism 154


Ad Hominem Etiquette: When the dominant is incorrect, there is at least one fault which cannot be compensated by any degree of truth: the exposure by an insubordinate is inappropriate behavior, betraying a lack of taste and education. And so, that which ought to constitute the shame of the dominant easily becomes the guilt of the subordinate, for when the dominant felt discomfort at being observed in error, the blame obviously belonged to the agent of his discomfort. It is not the truth but the inappropriate conduct which brought that truth forth which now trumps the debate. It is not enough to have the truth; one must also have the rank to render it appropriate.