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Apothegms and Observations XVII
Charm can indeed be deceitful, but when it does not deceive, it is quite pleasant.
I’ve heard it said that in politics, there occasionally comes a time when one must put aside his personal morality for the greater good. What! This is only true if my morality ignores the greater good.
To be charming is to be playful, mature, and elegant. It is to be romantic, steady, and competent. It is to be adventurous, settled, and sincere. It truly longs for you to join it on an intimate outing, but gives you full freedom to accept or decline. It hints of a mysterious something, and you are drawn to discover it, but it steers the conversation gracefully towards you, precisely because it is interested in you and because you want to talk about yourself. But I exaggerate. To be charming is to have the appearance of these things.
If the ability to change our nature is within our nature, can we change it?
Is it true that truth is a social construct?
The world is endlessly explorable.
The moment we believe we do not need grace and mercy is the moment we need it the most.
Charm is deceitful, but it is not true that to be charming is to be deceitful.
It is easy to feel that we are the only ones who have had a certain epiphany, but later we may learn that we were the only ones who hadn’t.
A personal rebuke is best given in private, with love. If we feel uncomfortable doing this but still feel it needs to be said and so we blurt it out in public, then we ought to ask ourselves why we are afraid. If another feels uncomfortable rebuking us, and blurts it out in public, then we ought to forgive, and ask ourselves how we may have made them afraid.
The man who does not adapt his personality is lacking in empathy.
If a culture desires to be wholly tolerant, then I ask a question. Should it tolerate intolerance?
A sincere apology heals a multitude of hurts.
I wish I wondered into essays more than I do apothegms, as our world lacks sustained thought more than sentimental truth. But alas, I do not.
When life gets too hard to bear, I recommend weeping with a friend.
The dead have a peace of nothingness, but this is not the peace we work to establish.
Hollywood sorely lacks Miyazaki‘s aesthetic of Ma.
The reason that the holidays are the best time of the year for some is the same reason that they are the hardest time of the year for others: family.
It is a mistake to think that in all things, the Nation is an analog to the Individual.
“Compassion is our compass.” How cute! But is it true?
Spiritual loneliness has little to do with physical solitude.
A man who holds to no beliefs receives no respect. A man who refuses to change his wrong beliefs keeps no friends except himself.
This is perhaps a difficult, but surely an important question: what is humility?
The one who sees something important appears needlessly afflicted to the one who does not see the same thing.
I gain no insights when someone agrees with me.
The crocodile sees no difference between leopards and cheetahs, but is angry that the leopard calls him an alligator. The leopard sees no difference between crocodiles and alligators, but is angry that the crocodile calls him a cheetah. But most of all, they are both angry that the other is inconsistent. They even make memes criticizing “Reptile Logic” and “Mammal Logic.” So, their brothers and sisters ask for the judgement of the owl. He says, “The deepest inconsistency is demanding consistency in others while ignoring it in yourself. Remove your log before speaking of the other’s speck.”
The cynic who only trusts himself is to be pitied.
We try to control what we cannot — others — while we ignore our responsibility to control what we can — ourselves.
How silly it is to demand that others feel gratitude towards us. Gratitude cannot be coerced; it can only be gifted.
“Whenever a belief is taken to its extreme, it is a mistake.” I see what you are saying, but it is a mistake to take that belief to its extreme.