Apothegms and Observations XII

  1. Sometimes I like to read these apothegms and chuckle to myself.
  2. Every saying is incomplete, so I write many sayings.
  3. Doubts may run deep, but at the bottom, knowledge can be found.
  4. The man who glories in doubt will cause many tears.
  5. Correct doubt is not inherently painful. Perhaps it is better called curiosity.
  6. There are few disputes that lack nuance.
  7. When freedom is an idol, community fades.
  8. It seems to me that eternality is an essential quality of meaningfulness.
  9. The one who does not love the principle of reciprocity is a mind with its face pressed to a cage, screaming into a vast field of dark mirrors.
  10. I only see the smallest fraction of a portion of that substance called Truth, and that far beyond imperfectly. Show me more.
  11. If one calls the other a blind fool, but the other respects the voice of the one among many, who then is the fool?
  12. It is difficult to know someone without knowing their story.
  13. It is easier to be happy when we are being useful.
  14. Zhuangzi said, “Happiness is the absence of striving for happiness.” He was on to something, but perhaps overstated himself.
  15. With Christ, the beauties of unbelievers are tragedies, and the uglinesses of believers are comedies.
  16. There is a time to critique the incompleteness of a wise saying. There is a time to appreciate the wisdom of an incomplete saying. Perhaps all times are both times.
  17. The road to sincerity is paved with grief.
  18. The virtuous man may experience rage, but at the end of the day he remembers peace.
  19. A culture built on rage is folly.
  20. When rage follows a person home, no one prospers.
  21. If a woman’s only purpose is to be a helper to her husband, then a single woman has no purpose.
  22. The man of understanding desires to excel at his trade.
  23. In my experience, reading Scripture is quite unlike anything. It is often the only thing that can bring peace to my heart, gently remove my pride, or lovingly encourage me.
  24. If everyone was like me, nothing would get done!
  25. It is difficult to discern who is being wise and who is being foolish at any particular moment. But one thing we can all be sure of: “I am foolish.”
  26. It is a great relief to trust another to do their job well.
  27. The difficulty of a text is not a sign of its insightfulness.
  28. The wise man does not speak on an issue unless he has a clear grasp of it.
  29. Perhaps the authors of Do Hard Things still had some naivety, but their words do hold much wisdom.
  30. It is almost universally unwise to attack the reputation of one with whom you disagree. It accomplishes little more than deepening division, and others will do it for you anyway.

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