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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Mistake

Don't mistake intensity for warmth.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

To err

If err you must, best to err
on the side of kindness.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

NLP - Abecedarius

Much-appreciated appreciation of my submissions over on The American Scholar's "Next Line, Please" this week, where the prompt was to write an abecedarius.

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New poems

+15

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Snow magnolia

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Thursday, December 07, 2017

Causation

Diversity of formula, diversity of form.

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Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Chooses

The Christian imagination, too, is tortured, simplistic, and ultimately forsaken. I can't fathom the mind that, confronted with breathtaking complexity, chooses to worship a patently false abridgement.

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New poems

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Monday, December 04, 2017

On repeat

I often say the same thing
but never repeat myself.

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Sunday, December 03, 2017

Life changes

At some point, life changes, the profit we seem to gain from experience shrinks, or even seems to almost vanish. We are pronounced qualified for routine and set to it, to be rescued only, eventually, by the cessation of self.

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Saturday, December 02, 2017

Nations

The problem with nations is that they are conceived, defined, and defended in difference and division, not in connection and unity.

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Friday, December 01, 2017

By honesty

What is revealed by honesty may be small and dull

but it is precious and I love it.

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

At least strongly encouraged

Everyone should be compelled
to follow their thinking
to its conclusion.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The individual

The individual is an epiphenomenon of the construct of free will.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Easy & hard

Entropy dismantles identity.
To be something is easy;
to be this or that, so hard.

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Monday, November 27, 2017

On heaven & hell

Heaven is a child's dream;
hell is consequence + entropy.

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Ignorant and proud of it (Montesquieu)

As for those who proclaim that they are ignorant and proud of it, what they would like is to see the whole of mankind forgotten as completely as they will be themselves.

A man who lacks some talent makes up for it by despising it, and so removes this obstacle lying between himself and personal merit; this is how he gets on the same level as the man whose work he finds redoubtable.

Montesquieu, Persian Letters

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Important things

Any society which does not allow people
time and opportunity to do important things
is a contemptible failure.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Should not be

Discovering or deciding where you stand
should not be a sentence to never move
from that spot again.

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Monday, November 20, 2017

What I know

If I interpret every experience
only in terms of what I already know,
then how did I acquire that knowledge?

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