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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

uncompromising behavior, The Mechanics of Virtue, Matt Berry, aphorism 139


What is uncompromising behavior?  The strength one finds in compromising all but the present object of one’s monomania.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

my spiritual justification, The Mechanics of Virtue, Matt Berry, aphorism 140


But the ideal is the goal? But if so, then it is that sort which compromises the range of attainable goals. I am frustrated with the inability to confer value upon myself through the attainment of ambitious goals, and so I compensate this frustration by constructing a superior identity within my imagination. My new sense of superiority requires that I argue against ambition. Now to the precise degree that I indulge in the narcotic of my spiritual justification, I compromise my future ability to confer value upon myself through ambitious achievements.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

self-destruction, The Mechanics of Virtue, Matt Berry, aphorism 141


One means of self-destruction is our sacrificing the end for the thrilling display found through increasing the force or velocity of the means. We did not realize that we had two ends, one of time and space and one of an identity achieved thereby, the latter of which often remains hidden to the intellect and which may in fact be the impetus to the former.

Monday, February 20, 2017

stout realist, aphorism 313, A Human Strategy, Matt Berry


Every stout realist admits himself a slave to necessity, but for him alone is there a choice between types of slavery.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

a behavioral cause, The Mechanics of Virtue, Matt Berry, aphorism 143


The end proposed decides the beginning. In consciousness, it is the end that arrives first. We travel as inchworms. The end has set itself forward, and it is the beginning that then curls up and joins the ending. We say that a cause produces an effect and therefore “precedes” it, but we realize that the proposed effect is a behavioral cause, a stimulus that is itself an additional means by which we plant the “goal” down and then muster all necessary “means” toward it.

Monday, February 13, 2017

advance in science, The Mechanics of Virtue, Matt Berry, aphorism 144


A great advance in science breaks with a custom and thus constitutes a public immorality, which then, after this new custom is set, becomes the next scientific impediment. A great discovery in science is an Evil that threatens the present Good while establishing the conditions from which it emerges again as the next Good. Pure Evil then would be indistinguishable from an acceleration of scientific discovery no longer hindered by the friction of a “moral Good.”

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Science, The Mechanics of Virtue, Matt Berry, aphorism 145


Science has the human limp forward, but it is his strong leg that accounts for his Evil appearance. Had he two bad legs ... had he stood still, he would have appeared perfectly normal ... Good.

Friday, February 10, 2017

the absence of limits, aphorism 316, A Human Strategy, Matt Berry


We seek the absence of limits ... crave to feel ourselves free of all constraints. Of the grain of sand, we would see infinity ... of this passing moment, eternity. Somehow we are to blink away the wall of reality.

However, suppose one sought freedom in the opposite direction, groped hand over hand along the wall, so as to be sure of its inexorability ... to have something unyielding from which to push off.

One cannot push off from unlimited freedom. Freedom as I have experienced it requires a limit, for this limit renders control. We need a courage to face reality and not a flight that we call our “freedom.” However disappointing it may feel, this limit ... this control is something like freedom.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

In the Mirror, The Mechanics of Virtue, Matt Berry, aphorism 146


In the Mirror: A conclusion in urgent need of a premise is usually a stimulus whose gratification leads to disaster or atrocity.

Monday, February 6, 2017

control over thoughts, aphorism 317, A Human Strategy, Matt Berry


There are those who see mechanical control over thoughts as a loss of freedom, and so reject the idea. There are others, fewer, who see the same, but affirm it. All dwell however within the same reality. The only difference between them is the speed of their progress.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

aphorism 318, A Human Strategy, Matt Berry


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.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Betrayal, The Mechanics of Virtue, Matt Berry, aphorism 148


There are few who claim betrayal with sharper indignation than those scorpions who had offered their claw in friendship and were refused.