Aphorisms VI

I. "What's one more toxin?" -- So reasons the advocate of one more addition.

II. Measuring tendencies: If we continue to do this for a generation of two, and select those who deem it wise, will our natural ability and quality become higher or lower?

III. The ideal becomes a standard, and then a measurement of effort.

IV. The exception only proves the exception is possible -- the healthy and desirable remain unassailed by the strange and malignant, no matter their appeal to crowds.

V. Success narrated as luck, randomness, connections, or conspiracies is an excuse for why one has not attempted to become successful.

VI. If you have been active, the goals of a year or two ago now seem laughably small and what was then considered a constraint is now seen as a feeble gnat.

VII. Basic fitness and discipline vanish with progress, as with all aptitude.

VIII. Positive schadenfreude -- a test, motivator and warning for those living among the serious: if you fail, others will enjoy it - thus, victor - do not fail!

IX. We too often forget to delineate between necessity and desire, thereby losing the joy of playing with frivolity.

X. No second chances ever arrive -- we walk slippery ledges fully alive from awareness of our situation, thankful we have no safety nets.

XI. If you want to defy a living rule that has lasted all civilization, and instead promote its opposite, first consider that all whom have upheld it might have had very good reason, and your real wish is an ourburst intended to defy sensibility.

XII. If someone wants to be something, they already are, or will never be.

XIII. Hope is insidious because it consciously posits deceptive delusional fantasy as more helpful than action guided by realistic valuations, advising to wait for magical results instead of creating what is possible through nature.

XIV. Neither answer satisfying -- basic problems remain unaddressed: are they a fool who doesn't notice, or a cynic who doesn't care?

XV. All passion, purpose, and possibility live at the far edges, with nothing great in the safe middle.

XVI. Technological science as sterility -- if we had continued to develop artistically, we would have never needed to escape the earth from calamities created by poor reasoning.

XVII. Oaths -- One lives by doing, not by talking about or recollecting doing.

XVIII. Dispositions and aggregates determine the concluding direction -- a few isolated and short-lived actions change nothing, and sudden results are a fiction, but a long accumulation builds towards inevitability.

XIX. Transformation as fraud -- Nothing feeble suddenly becomes strong, just as nothing one has neglected their whole life can suddenly become important.

XX. Glimpsing sides -- We live on this side and must do everything necessary while we can. The other side is eternal nothingness, no possibilities birthed, our will renounced, our essence extinguished.