Aphorisms on Man & Art

Aphorisms

  • What I see unfolding before me is nothing more than a noiseless tragedy, where the unspoken voice of manhood has caused a most profound failure among our lost youth who have no roadmap, no model, no typification to shadow and adopt. What is most called for has been swept quietly under the carpet, because neither man nor woman want to address themselves, that is, face the ugliest truth of which they have been bereaved.
  • As man grows more docile and submissive, he grows ever more open-minded to what he is not, and then running after it, irately and sightlessly, without dwelling on his shortcoming or chewing over new questions. He has been so conditioned to believe what he does and think what he thinks, that the very thought or need of asking novel questions and prodding at his bigotry doesn’t cross his mind. He denies but doesn’t know he does, and thus he never excavates the truth, because he never felt a need to search for it, since by his merit he believes he doesn’t need it.
  • And who needs to hear the truth more than he who never concerned himself with it? So impoverished are they of reality that the only truth they recognize is the one that has already been diluted, altered and falsified to make them ponder no questions. There is, among the present state of culture, a universal intolerance that has coerced the youth, and with that force their strangeness, their spirit of inquiry, their urge to be manlike has been dispossessed from them with unbelievable yet terrible, even barbaric subtlety.
  • If you strip man of his curiosity, you also strip him of his adaptation. If you lack curiosity, you should ponder that very question and learn to be intrigued by your defects and oddities. If you’re eager to know, burning with curiosity, you’ll always find something, regardless of how convenient or at that, inappropriate. Curiosity is a moving force that spurs on the unfamiliar, the new, the untested. If you are willing to savour novel tastes, you may very well find yourself refining your palate without having had the initial intention to, because we shelter our sense of taste more by a lack of superior culture than by too much sophistication. With that pleasant curiosity comes an openness, a gaping gust of fresh air that always renews and puts new life into your being. After all, life is more compelling, more thought-provoking when one is having a taste of diversification, testing a myriad different elements with no fixed hope or anticipation.
  • Hope is a menace that comforts our misery, but worse, leaves us in a state of expectancy even when there is nothing to await. When the powerless is full of hope, the effect is misfortune and frustration. Turn that hopefulness into discontent, then rectify your pain by doing all the things that thwart your blown up sense of self-importance. It gets harder before it gets easier, so don’t wait for ease, search for difficulty and learn to courageously wrestle with it until it no longer unsettles your self-centredness.
  • Man’s chief power lies in his capacity to restrain himself. If his most potent faculty is neglected, he is in this way failing to care for his dominance, which as a result, makes him impotent and self-disrespecting. And there is no upper limit to this, once man has relinquished his authority, his helplessness drives him intemperately and quite heedlessly to the most loathsome wrongdoing.
  • You can’t chance on good fortune if you’re trapped in misfortune. You can’t, furthermore, unearth the good that lies before you if your vision is murky. Your difficulties enforce confusion, and a man who is confused within himself can neither give directions nor steer himself in the right direction.
  • Too much protestation is despicable, so is too much apology. The principled man is well-adjusted, so that he neither engenders contempt nor show expressions of regret when they aren’t called for. To be man is to be uncomplaining; all virtuous men work in silence with as little grumbling as possible. One must stop discharging his energy so foolishly and instead withstand the need to lodge a complaint, so that he can cautiously and prudently leverage his vigour to elevate his pursuits.
  • Man’s collectedness imparts almost everything you need to know about his individual temperament. You can immediately distinguish a poised man from an agitated one by how relaxed he is in managing tricky situations and extracting himself from them. An man who’s easy to perturb is always at a disadvantage when faced with a ticklish circumstance; quickly upset, he quickly loses his cool and starts to stumble in his own feet, that is, he starts making a fool of himself. Not only does he prove himself incapable of extricating himself from an awkward situation, but he carelessly aggravates it by taking himself too seriously, to the point where he starts to give life to problems that were never there, with the heated intention of gratifying his momentary urges. He knows he will suffer repentance, but at that moment indulgence is more important than the contrition that follows it.
  • Man ought to give voice to his thoughts and feelings, so that he can puzzle out and discover why they have arisen, or why he feels the way he does, with the aim of acquiring an understanding of where he came from and where he’s going. Connecting the dots looking forward can be hopelessly difficult, as life’s unpredictable aspect can’t possibly be eluded, but connecting the dots looking backwards is perfectly conceivable. One must learn to attentively think, first and foremost, and ponder his past without sensing any obligation whatsoever to feel this and not that, or to assume this and forget that.
  • A succession of events conveys an illusion of separateness, but underneath, all occurrences are related to each other, in ways that we can’t ever fully apprehend. But this is never apparent to us, as the illusory nature of reality deceives and convinces us, not only because it is a very compelling illusion, but because we unconsciously yearn to be deceived and then realised. This is one of those metaphysical secrets that few would like you to know. Namely, that the game of life is nothing more than pulsation. Up, down, up, down, and so on. We rise, we fall, we die, then reborn again. And variety being the spice of life, we wouldn’t want to have it any other way. That’s part of the beauty of existence, that the adventure is beset by mystery, randomness, unpredictability. If you remove these components, you diminish both the spark and the marvel.
  • Don’t doubt yourself for a moment, for that hesitation will always cease inclination to act. Even if your ability is deficient, take the initiative in spite of incompetence. For how else can you become adequate if not by consistent application and frustration? You must refrain from habitual idleness if you know it’s keeping you perpetually fastened to comfort and repose. There is a time and place for tranquility, and I believe it to be essential to sanity, but it should not be a cope, a means to evade hardship and live in vain, simply by your disability and powerlessness.
  • There is nothing simultaneously more mad and sterile than a writer who’s removed from his pen. If I don’t write for a while, it becomes a source of difficulty. For I am still writing things in my head, sometimes without conscious observation, often unconsciously; there is too much to be said, but haplessly too little time to put it in writing. If you remove the writer from the pen, you drive his already certifiable passion into a deep, uncontrollable indignation. Do you think the writer understands himself enough [or even wants to?] that he can do away without the discharge of written expression? Never, not in a million years if he were to live to live that long. Part of his conquest is the foreknowledge that he’ll never come to a conclusion, and that unending conundrum is the incentive to remain puzzled, but always spurred on by unknowing.

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