Aphorisms III

I. Seeing the future -- I live most of all in perpetual autumn: everything is beautiful and about to fall apart.

II. Sacrifice proves wealth -- The purpose of a sacrifice is not a merchant's exchange of one thing for another, but of the willful destruction of a valuable possession. By removing something that assured security, one intimates that the products of internal wealth will produce again, and thus aspiration is reinvigorated instead of resting comfortably on what the past provided.

III. To say we are under control is a significant linguistic overstatement. Most people are their own jailers and would have no idea what to do if they freed themselves from their self-imposed bindings.

IV. Genius is when a secret momentum tends to push things so they do not easily come to rest. An effortless touch begins a long motion and then a flower is waiting for me in the morning.

V. Joy to the world -- the whole world? No! That is too vulgar.

VI. We are the most open-minded ones: we recuse ourselves and defer every judgment of what should happen to us and others to whatever nature decrees. Our inner cheerfulness is not reactionary, but a spiritual realization that in the long term life is fair and that we are well suited for whatever might come.

VII. Spectator's admission -- I don't know. I couldn't know; consequently, no expectation of knowing. In full awareness of ignorance, I can only explore, speculate, or accept the inherent lack of available knowledge.

VIII. Breaking the stalemate -- taking decisions is a race against the dissolution of time. Waiting rarely provides greater information for a wiser choice, but typically is a passive means of discarding opportunity.

IX. Etymology of northern psychology -- Long winters and long summer days suggest that what is given will be taken away, but then given again. This would make one serious in times of difficulty but not value unwon gifts, knowing they will vanish in a replenishing cycle. What loss could be taken too seriously? Or what temporary change imagined as other than transitory? Caution, carefulness, provisionality, and lack of excitement would be natural among such people. The consequences of this are physiologically rooted and the cause of great misunderstandings with the southern type; they evolved under different conditions solving different problems.

X. Composition is one of several ways of making a net to snare butterflies from the air, or seducing them to land beside us.

XI. Inhibitions as a personal choice

A: Your people take great pains to drink heavily.
B: It is not so much that we enjoy drinking, but we need it as social lubricant so that we can more easily approach one another to interact.
A: Would you say that the effect is to ultimately make a personal choice to speak to another with whom you have interest in communicating?
B: Yes, and to do that we rely on alcohol's intoxication.
A: But could you not simply choose the appropriate action for the outcome you desire, which is to be sociable with others, which is what they also want from you? You foster inhibition by believing in it, and can similarly overcome it by mere choice.
B: Certainly in theory. Our trusted method of making that choice is to drink until we are able to reach that state with ease.
A: You are made weaker by depending on an unnecessary crutch, not only failing to cultivate a simple ability within yourself, but needing to carry your crutch with you at all times so it is ready when you seek the temporary and delayed effect it provides.
B: Yes, but we have not taken it upon us to cultivate ourselves in that way.
A: Indeed that is clear. For whom are you waiting to give you the ability you desire?