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Positive Inertia vs Accepting Criticism

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Self development is a hunger, but it can go away. The surest way to blind yourself of your desire to improve is to adopt pride. There are many who take pride in their paths to understanding more, whether it is women, politics, social behavior, etc. It is immediately evident in men who scorn or laugh at those who disagree with them.

A man who believes his writing is good enough is afraid to let go of it – out of fear that it will be for nothing, that he will have embarrassed himself, or worst of all, discover that he is inept – locks improvement behind a door. Whether he paces nervously on the other side or stands with his back turned and hands on his hips is irrelevant. Pride and fear are opposite and closely related. When the former rises, the latter is lurking.

Some men believe that their newfound knowledge enables their enactment if only they shut out all other influence. Massive endeavors require great motivation and positive attitude, but a healthy attitude is not threatened by criticism. Men who set out to accomplish do surround themselves with critics, yet most often they are too amiable. Good criticism cannot be coerced, or even asked for. Neutral connections give excellent criticism, and enemies give the best. Humility, put simply, is the acceptance of reality. Seeing it for a chain and shackles is backwards.

Proverbs 11:2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.

Don’t be critical of yourself if you wish to maintain positive inertia. Be aware of your surroundings.

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February 25, 2013 at 6:47 am

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February 15, 2013 at 2:31 am

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Less Than Words Can Say

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Richard Mitchell’s book about grammar is available online in full, here. He says meaningless words and sentences obscure their creator’s intended message.

Jefferson must have imagined an America in which all citizens would be able, when they felt like it, to address one another as members of the same class. That we cannot do so is a sore impediment to equality, but, of course, a great advantage to those who can use the English of power and wealth.

It details the stupidity of bureaucracy and the ability of administrators to bore people with long and insubstantial speeches, but it applies to life and the misuse of power universally. Words that add nothing in meaning detract in meaning. The book is long and verbose itself, with examples of different ways people try and pull one over on each other with nonsense.

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February 14, 2013 at 7:03 pm

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What for?

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What does one want when one is engaged in the sexual act? That everything around you give you its utter attention, think only of you, care only for you…every man wants to be a tyrant when he fornicates.

― Marquis de Sade, Philosophy in the Boudoir

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February 14, 2013 at 5:15 pm

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Lifting Weights

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No citizen has a right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training…what a disgrace it is for a man to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.

– Socrates

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February 14, 2013 at 4:39 pm

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